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GS 1 Mexico Opens Knowledge Center

RFID Journal had an opportunity to tour the new facility, which provides Mexican companies with a resource for learning how to use GS1 standards.
By Mark Roberti
Jun 01, 2011Deployments of radio frequency identification technology in Mexico, as in the rest of Latin America, have lagged behind those in the United States and in European countries. But GS1 Mexico is following the lead of GS1 organizations in Canada, Germany and elsewhere in creating a Knowledge Center that can be utilized to educate companies about the Electronic Product Code (EPC) and other GS1 standards.

GS1 Canada launched its Knowledge Center in 2008 to educate Canadian businesses—particularly small and midsize enterprises (SMEs)—about how they can become more competitive by employing technology based on GS1 specifications (see GS1 Canada Launches Knowledge Center). GS1 Mexico has similar goals for its new Knowledge Center, which opened on Mar. 23.

In one section of the GS1 Mexico Knowledge Center, an RFID portal identifies a pallet by reading its tag, causing an LCD screen to indicate that the pallet is good to enter the facility.

Last month, RFID Journal had the opportunity to tour the new facility, which features training rooms and six demonstration areas, or labs, in which Mexican businesspeople can see how standards are implemented in the real world, and put into practice what they learned during educational sessions.

"The goal is to promote standardization and best practices in Mexico," says Omar González de los Cobos, GS1 Mexico's standards development specialist. "We do training, and the trainees can come into the labs and practice what they've learned, to ensure they are doing it properly. For example, attendees can practice encoding tags with EPCs."

One demonstration area features an impressive array of radio frequency identification technology, and reveals how EPC standards work in action. One corner of the RFID lab shows how hangtags can be printed at a manufacturing facility, how those tags can be read when goods are placed in a carton for shipping, and how software can confirm that the proper items have been picked, and that the correct cartons have been put on a pallet.

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