ISO has just launched a CD-ROM containing a collection of 24 ISO/IEC standards and one amendment on radio frequency identification (RFID). A wireless technology enabling communication between interrogating devices and embedded electronic tags, RFID is used to identify and track any type of item, from individual products to shipping containers, livestock and even people.
RFID systems, like the bar codes that have become ubiquitous in recent decades, can carry information such as size, colour, weight and product identifier data, but without the need for physical contact between the tag and the reader. Another major advantage of RFID over older bar code systems is the capacity to allow overwriting of tag data as items move through a process.
Standards are critical for many RFID applications, such as payment systems and tracking goods or reusable containers in open supply chains. The ISO/IEC joint technical committee JTC 1, Information technology, has worked for the past decade to develop standards for a variety of RFID frequencies and applications.
Existing and proposed RFID standards deal with the air interface protocol (the way tags and readers communicate), data content (the way data is organized or formatted), conformity (ways to test that products meet the standard) and applications (for example, how standards are used on shipping labels).
The new CD-ROM, JTC 1 Collection on Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), includes 24 ISO/IEC standards and one amendment for RFID application identifiers, data protocols, registration procedures, syntax, terminology and more. If the standards were bought individually, they would cost a total of 3 031 Swiss francs, but ISO is offering the CD-ROM collection for 2 576 Swiss francs, a saving of 455 Swiss francs. It is available from ISO national member institutes (see complete list with contact details) and from the ISO Central Secretariat (see below).
- Automatic identification and data capture techniques