EPCglobal accredits worldwide network of testing centres

EPCglobal Inc, the not-for-profit organisation entrusted with driving the commercial adoption of the Electronic Product Code (EPC) in global supply chains and part of GS1, has awarded the first EPCglobal Performance Test Centre Accreditation Marks to four worldwide testing facilities.

The Marks, awarded during this weeks 2005 EPCglobal US Conference at the Georgia World Congress Center, indicate that the sites use a standard set of performance test profiles to simulate real-world conditions in testing the readability of end-user products that are tagged with the Electronic Product Code.

The sites are located in Europe, Taiwan and the United States and span the retailing and manufacturing industries, as well as not-for-profit academia and the commercial, third-party testing community. Additional testing facilities will be added to the list of accredited centres as they qualify.

We want to make it easy for end users to ensure that their tagged shipments can be read before sending them through their global supply chains, said Chris Adcock, president of EPCglobal Inc. This is another global enabler for implementers, and it serves the community well to be assured that an accredited third party has established that these shipments can be read, he said.

The following received the accreditations:

METRO Group AG/GS1 Germany RFID Test Center; Neuss, Germany

Pacific RFID Performance Solutions; Hsinchu, Taiwan

Kimberly-Clark Corp. Auto-ID Sensing Technologies Performance Test Center; Neenah, Wisconsin, USA

RFID Research Center, a unit of the Information Technology Research Institute, Sam M. Walton College of Business, University of Arkansas; Fayetteville, Ark., USA

We are delighted that the first accredited test centres will provide support for organisations throughout the world that are implementing EPCglobal and enabling the globalisation of trade, said David Lyon, EPCglobal business manager, GS1 UK.

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