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To: Business/Features Editors Topic: Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) From: EPCglobal US
Radio Frequency Identification See RFID. (RFID (Radio Frequency IDentification) A data collection technology that uses electronic tags for storing data. The tag, also known as an "electronic label," "transponder" or "code plate," is made up of an RFID chip attached to an antenna. ) is one of the hottest technologies around and its potential benefits range from vastly improving business processes and the global supply chain to enhancing security and preventing counterfeit drugs counterfeit drug Pharmacology A formulation sold or marketed as if it were a particular proprietary substance produced by a particular manufacturer with specified ingredients, which it may or may not, in fact, contain. See Generic drug, Proprietary drug. .
Although RFID is not a new technology, the potential impact for businesses and consumers is unlimited as new applications begin to appear. RFID has the potential to be as ubiquitous Found in large quantities everywhere. This English word means "all over the place." as the barcode.
The general public still has limited knowledge of RFID and its benefits. That limited knowledge has contributed to privacy concerns surrounding RFID.
EPCglobal US is an industry standards organization A standards organization, also sometimes referred to as a standards body, a standards development organization or SDO (depending on what is being referenced), is any entity whose primary activities are developing, coordinating, promulgating, revising, amending, that is helping to commercialize the use of RFID technology. We work with companies to help improve visibility throughout their supply chain -all the way from the manufacturing floor to the distribution center and finally to the store shelf. More than 800 of the world's leading corporations are part of a global community working to develop standards for companies to implement RFID into their business processes.
Aerospace, Pharmaceuticals, Chemical, Transportation & Logistics, and Retail are some of the 51 industries that are working with EPCglobal US to see how RFID can help their businesses. And companies are beginning to see the return on investment that RFID can deliver.
Wal-Mart has realized a 16 percent reduction in out-of-stock items due to the ability to track products and determine if they are on the shelves.
RFID technology will help airlines reduce costs and increase efficiencies by managing part maintenance and repair histories. Boeing will be tagging parts of its new 787 Dreamliner(TM).
If you are planning a story on RFID and business applications, EPCglobal US has many experts who can talk about:
--business and consumer benefits of RFID,
--privacy issues and how the industry is responding.
Interviews are available upon request.
About EPCglobal US
EPCglobal US(TM) is a subsidiary of GS1 US GS1 US is the GS1 Member Organization in the United States of America. Note: GS1 US was formerly the Uniform Code Council, Inc.
GS1 US is responsible to manage the GS1 System in the USA. GS1 US assigns GS1 Company Prefixes to companies/organizations in the USA. (TM) (a not-for-profit organization) serving subscribers in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. to help foster the adoption of the EPCglobal Network(R) and related technology. The EPCglobal Network combines Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology, existing communications network The transmission channels interconnecting all client and server stations as well as all supporting hardware and software. infrastructure, and the Electronic Product Code(TM) (a number for uniquely identifying an item) to enable accurate, cost-efficient visibility of information in the supply chain. The end result helps organizations be more efficient, flexible, and responsive to customer needs. For more information about EPCglobal US, please visit www.EPCglobalUS.org