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Microsoft working with Radio Tag Technology
Posted: 10-Jun-2003 [Source: Microsoft]

[Microsoft is developing standards for Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Technology initially aimed at manufacturing and retail supply chains. ]

Chicago -- Today at Retail Systems 2003 Conference & Exposition, Microsoft Corp. announced it will join AutoID Inc., a joint venture of the Uniform Code Council Inc. and EAN International, which will develop and oversee commercial and technical standards for the Electronic Product Code (EPC) Network.

Microsoft will work closely with AutoID to take product and item identification to the next level across manufacturing and retail supply chains. Central to fulfilling that mission is radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, which combines the benefits of the silicon chip and radio frequencies. The technology has been widely lauded for its potential to provide an unprecedented level of product visibility across the supply chain. If widely adopted, RFID-enabled systems will have the capability to greatly reduce human error from data collection, reduce inventories, improve product availability, identify and reduce loss and waste, and help ensure safety and security.

Microsoft's efforts with AutoID will initially focus on the manufacturing and retail supply chains. In the future, Microsoft plans to work with its partners to develop affordable technology and solutions that take advantage of the capabilities of RFID technology to improve efficiencies throughout the value chain. Dicki Lulay, president of AutoID, says that Microsoft's participation is a strong indication of the technology's importance to businesses and consumers alike. "We applaud Microsoft's commitment to joining our membership in the development of an open and standards-based commercialization of the EPC Network and RFID technology. Its participation in AutoID Inc. is a strong indication of its support of the UCC in commercializing this technology and the future benefits of this network to help companies in multiple industries view their supply chains in real time, saving time, money and speed to market."

John Clarke, CTO and director of group technology and architecture at Tesco, one of the world's largest retailers, says he too is pleased to see Microsoft join the effort. "AutoID is a key enabler for the transformation of the retail industry to make life better for our customers and simpler for our staff. Microsoft joining the effort is a very positive step towards the very necessary achievement of standardization and adaptation of this technology for large and small businesses alike."

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