EPCglobal Software Certification Program for EPC Information Services (EPCIS) Launched at EPC Connection 2007 Conference

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6 companies received certification for 7 software products

The EPCIS standard enables trading partners to securely share product movements in order to improve their supply chain business processes

EPCglobal Inc, the global not-for-profit standards organization which supports the adoption of the Electronic Product Code (EPC) as industry driven standards to enable accurate, immediatel and cost-effective visibility of information thoughout the supply chain, today announced the first companies to earn software certification for EPC/RFID products for conformance with the EPC Information Services (EPCIS) standard. The following companies were awarded the EPCglobal Software Certification Mark.

Company Name - Product

  • International Business Machines Corporation - IBM WebSphere RFID Information Center
  • LG CNS Co., Ltd. - RFON EPCIS
  • MetaRights, Inc. - iTag - IS
  • NEC Corporation - RFID Manager Information Service
  • NEC Corporation - Web OTX RFID Manager Information Service
  • NTT Comware Corporation - RFID Middleware (EPCIS)
  • Samsung SDS - Rubi IS

EPCIS (Electronic Product Code Information Services) allows for the seamless, secure exchange of data at every point in the lifecycle of goods and services. EPCIS, by providing a standard set of interfaces for EPC data, enables a single way to capture and share information, while still allowing the flexibility for industry and organization-specific implementations. EPCIS supports powerful business cases and consumer benefits such as container tracking, product authentication, promotions management, baggage tracking, electronic proof of delivery, chain of custody, returns management, and operations management.

"The EPCIS standard enables trading partners to securely share product movements in order to improve their supply chain business processes,” said Craig Asher, IBM WebSphere Product Manager and EPCglobal EPCIS Software Action Group Co-Chair. “Now trading partners can leverage a certified EPCIS provider of their choice to attain the lower costs and greater revenues available from EPCIS-standard data sharing."

“Business value from RFID depends on trading partners being able to quickly and easily share detailed product movement information in a full business context. The EPCIS standard provides this, and it has been a boon for industry,” said Richard Swan, Chief Technical Officer, T3Ci, and EPCglobal EPCIS Software Action Group Co-Chair. “Certified, interoperable implementations of the standard will make it even easier for new EPC participants.”

By providing end users with access to reliable information regarding certified products, the certification program helps facilitate and accelerate the start-up phase of EPC/RFID implementations. Now users can focus their resources on completing pilots and capturing information in real business situations rather than on evaluating software components.

“Choosing the right EPC/RFID software for your business can be a challenging process, with many factors to consider,” said Chris Adcock, president, EPCglobal Inc. “The EPCglobal Software Certification Program provides companies with the confidence that the software they implement will work in predictable ways as defined by EPCglobal standards. The program protects the company’s investment and helps them implement EPC/RFID programs easier, faster, and for less cost.”

The certification marks were earned under the EPCglobal Software Certification Program, a standards-based compliance testing program that provides a neutral and authoritative source for testing software to comply with EPCglobal standards and providing information regarding certified products and the vendors who manufacture them. Compliance testing was conducted by MET Labs, a third party, vendor-neutral lab, in Baltimore, Maryland.

To learn more about the EPCglobal Software Certification Program, or any of the other vendor selection programs offered by EPCglobal, visit http://www.epcglobalinc.org/certification

About EPCglobal Inc
EPCgIobaI Inc is a subsidiary of the global not-for-profit standards organisation GS1, and supports the global adoption of the Electronic Product Code as a global standard to enable accurate information and visibility about products in the supply chain. More information about EPCglobal Inc. can be found at http://www.epcglobalinc.org.

Global Contact:                    
Karl Van der Spiegel, GS1 Global Office    
+32 (0)27 88 7816    
karl.vanderspiegel@gs1.org

In North America:
Rob Thibault, GS1 US
+1 609-620-4548
rthibault@gs1us.org

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