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New RFID Centre opens at IBM facility in Markham

Canadian companies now have an opportunity to test drive Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology, a wirele...


September 21, 2005  


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Canadian companies now have an opportunity to test drive Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology, a wireless system that helps enterprises track products, parts and temperature-and-time-sensitive goods.

The testing will take place at the Canadian RFID Centre in Markham, Ont., which opened today and initially allows food producers, manufacturers, distributors and retailers to experience how RFID can trace products from the warehouse to the shelves.

Founding partners include IBM Canada Ltd., Symbol Technologies Inc., Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers and the Canadian Council of Grocery Distributors and EPCglobal Canada.

The EPCglobal Network combines RFID technology, existing communications network infrastructure, and the Electronic Product Code (a number for uniquely identifying an item) to enable accurate visibility of information in the supply chain.

“A key driver for RFID adoption is the development of standards, which will eliminate proprietary systems, helping to reduce supply chain costs and increase competition across multiple industries,” said Arthur Smith, president and CEO of EPCglobal Canada.

“Industry collaboration in initiatives such as the Canadian RFID Centre ensures that Canadian business requirements are identified and integrated into global standards.”

The 5,000-square-foot centre, which is equipped with eight functioning RFID portals and multiple handheld readers, will be the first in North America to demonstrate the use of Generation 2 RFID tags, a new specification that increases their ability to operate in different industries and environments.