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State of the GEN 2 RFID Standard

The highly-anticipated "GEN 2" RFID standard, which many see as the key to accelerated RFID adoption, has reached the last step before final ratification.
Oct 04, 2004This article was originally published by RFID Update.

October 4, 2004—The highly-anticipated "GEN 2" RFID standard, which many see as the key to accelerated RFID adoption, has reached the very last step before final ratification. At this "candidate standard" stage, RFID vendors develop working prototypes of products built around the standard to demonstrate its real-world viability. This stage shouldn't take much longer than a month, at which point the standard will be ready for approval. The outstanding question of intellectual property, which Intermec brought to the fore when it announced its intention to seek royalties from the use of core RFID technology, could play out in one of three ways: EPCglobal and Intermec could reach a compromise that excludes a royalty structure in the final specification; the standard could be ratified as is, leaving the royalty requirement intact; or, worst case, EPCglobal could fundamentally rework the standard so that none of Intermec's IP is incorporated, making it royalty-free but taking months to accomplish.

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