The network includes systems integrators, solution providers and third-party logistics firms working together to deliver EPC-compliant RFID solutions that address near-term needs and provide strategic value to their customers.
A key component of the new compliance initiative is the expanded Checkpoint EPC Compliance Center. Network members will have access to a wide variety of services and resources offered at the center.
Located in Thorofare, N.J., the center is a state-of-the-art, vendor-agnostic RFID testing laboratory. It provides a controlled environment where network members and their customers can evaluate and design EPC-compliant RFID solutions, various EPC consumables, readers and reader configurations, middleware and processes in a real-world stockroom environment.
â€œIndustry mandates require a 100 percent read rate regardless of product type or orientation, making thorough testing essential,â€ pointed out John Thorn, general manager â€“ supply chain solutions for Checkpoint Systems. â€œUnderstanding tag characteristics and how well different tags work on various types of products in real-world situations is critical.
â€œEqually important is an understanding of the variables that could affect the tag read rate, and as a result, a companyâ€™s ability to meet their customersâ€™ compliance initiatives,â€ Thorn added.
As an EPC Compliance Network member, partners and their customers have access to the industryâ€™s leading RFID reader and tag engineers and systems design consultants. Checkpoint also provides its members with a variety of technical training, sales and cooperative marketing tools.
To date, Bekins Logistics, Control Solutions, NCS Technologies and SI Systems have joined the EPC Compliance Network.