Confidex, the Nokia-based RFID product and service provider, announced it will join the BRIDGE program, a three-year project dedicated to research, development, training and demonstration in the effective use of RFID based on EPCglobal standards.
In doing so, it joins a consortium of 31 global organizations involved in the project, which is supported by the European Commission.
Coordinated by global data standards body, GS1, the BRIDGE project participants include universities in Europe and China (including three of the Auto-ID Labs), large and small solutions providers, and large-scale retailers, manufacturers and SMEs.
RFID Development: Confidex Helps Drive Three-Year RFID Research And Development Project
The Nokia-based RFID product and service provider joins a consortium of 31 global organizations to launch a three-year RFID application research and development project supported by the European Commission
Confidex, the RFID tag design and manufacturing specialist, announces today its involvement in the BRIDGE program, a three-year project dedicated to research, development, training and demonstration in the effective use of RFID based on EPCglobal standards. The Building Radio frequency IDentification solutions for the Global Environment (BRIDGE) initiative was launched in Brussels and is supported by the European Union’s Sixth Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP6) with $5 million funding.
Coordinated by global data standards body, GS1, the BRIDGE project brings together a consortium of 31 global organizations. Participants in the program comprise universities in Europe and China, including three of the Auto-ID Labs, solutions providers, both large and small, together with large scale retailers, manufacturers and SMEs.
“Since its inception, RFID has been hailed as the panacea for a more sophisticated and efficient global supply chain, but there are many questions to answer before this is realized,” said Henri Barthel, technical director at EPCglobal and BRIDGE project Co-ordinator. “Cross-industry participation in such a large scale project is a key to its success. The BRIDGE project will transform RFID from being an identification technology into providing an EPCglobal based product information network.”
“Confidex’s role in the BRIDGE program is to be the task leader for sensor-enabled tags. The use of this particular type of RFID transponder is becoming increasingly important for a number of industry segments that need to record the history of transport conditions, such as temperature or humidity, that would affect the quality or safety of the tagged product,” comments Timo Lindstrom, CEO of Confidex. “We are also one of the development partners that will support the activities of the BRIDGE program in the area of miniaturized, metal and dielectric tags.”
The BRIDGE project will focus on business-based research, provision of information services and hardware (sensors, tags) and software development. This will lead to pilots, deployment and comprehensive training materials in the use of RFID in a variety of business sectors.
In anti-counterfeiting, development of new services in the EPCglobal network will reduce the level of piracy of goods, which is a serious problem in Europe. In healthcare – increasing patient safety by improving traceability, and certifying the pedigree of pharmaceutical products as they move from the manufacturer to the final user. In the textile industry, better fulfillment of customers needs by increasing the flow and accuracy of information through a global supply chain, In food manufacturing processes, reducing waste and stock holding and improving visibility and traceability of both products and equipment, thereby improving food safety. In re-useable assets, improving information exchange and asset management between supply chain partners to effect reduction in losses and costs. In products in-service, developing systems and processes to increase the reliability of the upgrade, repair and replacement processes throughout the life of many products. In the retail environment, optimizing processes in retail stores in order to increase service to the customer by using RFID on consumer sale units.
This is a great opportunity for Europe to build on a standardized RFID technology for use in global supply chains. The BRIDGE project will help make this happen by contributing to the development of new solutions for all businesses, from small to large. Improving skills and expertise on RFID technology and network information sharing will lead to enhanced competitiveness of European companies and to benefits to customer and citizen.
For more information visit www.bridge-project.eu and contact [email protected]s1.org.
About the European Union’s Sixth Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (FP6)
The BRIDGE project is funded under the FP6 Information Society Technologies (IST) work programme supporting research into the development of “Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for Networked Businesses”. The strategic objectives of FP6 are to strengthen the scientific and technological bases of industry and encourage its international competitiveness while promoting research activities in support of other EU policies.
Confidex Ltd is a fast-growing Finnish company offering RFID products and services to the packaging and printing industries worldwide. The mission of Confidex is to respond to the emerging need of creating new RFID technology solutions for quality assurance, cost efficiency, standard compliancy, and varying applications.