Storing data on RFID tags: A standards-based approach


The potential of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) for increasing supply chain efficiency has

been repeatedly stressed by practitioners and researchers alike. The cross-company usage of RFID

applications can only work if the collaborating companies agree on the syntax and semantic used.

EPCglobal, an international industry consortium, has specified a stack of specifications that enable a

standardized identifier to be stored on the RFID tag and all object related data to be kept on the

network. Such a standardized concept does not yet exist to store object related data on RFID tags. To

minimize the coordination effort as well as the emerging interoperability or integration problems and,

therefore, also guarantee wide-spread adoption of the data-on-tag approach, it is advisable to build

on existing standards for the storage of data on RFID tags. In this paper, we recommend applying the

ISO 13584 standard for parts libraries (PLIB). We conceptualize how to use ISO 13584 to store data

on RFID tags and use a case study on a kitchen furniture manufacturer, which uses RFID tagged

components in a cross-company application with its suppliers, to develop a scenario for the storage of

data on RFID tags.

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