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The EPC Network is three coordinating systems, ONS, the EPC Discovery Service and EPC IS. Editor John Wehr details these components and how they work together to define this under-reported part of the supply chain revolution.
VeriSign is one of the most controversial companies of the Internet age. After facing lawsuits from competitors, contractors and customers as well as an FTC probe into unfair marketing practices, the company has emerged as the technical force behind the fledgling EPC Network. This article follows the company’s recent actions to learn about its future with the EPC.
The possession of the core intellectual property behind the EPC has changed hands from MIT to the most influential international standards organizations. With it, the organization driving the EPC has evolved rapidly, and now takes center stage in the development of standards, the building of the EPC Network and the RFID privacy debate.
Dr. Ross Stapleton-Gray presents compelling evidence that the EPC Network will grow beyond simple identification of tangible, tagged goods. Like the codes-to-content systems that came before it, the EPC Network could serve as a central clearinghouse for anything that has a saleable unit.
Buoyed by California State Senator’s popular success, lawmakers across the nation are drafting bills to combat RFID-related invasions of privacy. Associate Editor Andy Williams examines several states’ pending RFID legislation and moves in Washington by a senior Democrat.