How popular is the EPC identification scheme versus other non-GS1 EPC identification schemes? (Examples: SGTIN-96, SGTIN-198, SSCC-96, SGLN, GRAI-96/170, GIAI-96/202.)
That’s an interesting question. To answer it, I reached out to Doug Harvel, a principle with consulting firm The RFID Team, who worked for a large apparel company and knows a lot of end users involved with tagging initiatives. Here’s Doug’s response: “Even in talking with people from Europe, I have found the EPC STGIN-96 is the most used with brand owners and retail. I have only heard the others used by a few, and mostly for internal use.” My own knowledge of deployments in pharmaceuticals and other areas also suggests that EPC STGIN-96 is the most commonly used scheme.
—Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
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