Companies require detailed information about their products and supply chain, and the ability to share that information with their trading partners. In order to serve various needs for information, two distinct information networks have been developed: the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN) and the EPCglobal Network. The GDSN ensures the quality of STATIC INFORMATION about commercial entities and product/service groups among partners and EPCglobal Network provides access to DYNAMIC INFORMATION about the movement of individual items as they pass through the supply chain. This paper clarifies the function and benefits of the EPCglobal Network and the GDSN.
EPCglobal Action Groups are designed to bring together global users from a variety of industries to define business and technical requirements for the EPCglobal Network. Participation is a benefit of subscription and is open to Subscribers from any EPCglobal Member Organization (MO). The business and technical Action Groups help to develop the foundations building blocks of the EPCglobal Network, working toward the creation of global, cross-industry standards and commercial adoption. This paper also contains a detailed listing if EPCglobal Action and Working Groups along with complete descriptions of their role in the EPCglobal Standards Development Process.
This paper provides both mandatory and optional specifications for a low cost electronic label, operating in the high frequency (13.56 MHz) ISM band, containing an Electronic Product Code (EPC), and used for item identification. The label contains an Electronic Product Code (EPC) used for item identification, a cyclic redundancy check, and a destruct code. The identification of labels is performed using the first two elements, and label destruction is performed using all three.