The Electronic Product Code™ (EPC) is syntax for unique identifiers assigned to physical objects, unit loads, locations, or other identifiable entity playing a role in business operations.
EPCs have multiple representations, including binary forms suitable for use on Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags, and text forms suitable for data sharing among enterprise information systems.
GS1’s EPC Tag Data Standard (TDS) specifies the data format of the EPC, and provides encodings for numbering schemes — incuding the GS1 Keys — within an EPC.
When unique EPCs are encoded onto individual RFID tags, radio waves can be used to capture the unique identifiers at extremely high rates and at distances well in excess of 10 metres, without line-of-sight contact. These characteristics of RFID can be leveraged to boost supply chain visibility and increase inventory accuracy.
Find out more
Overview of Ultra High Frequency (UHF) regulations for RFID use
Interoperability of Barcodes, EPCIS & RFID
Privacy Impact Assessment Tool
EPC/RFID accredited test centers
RFID Air Interfaces
RFID Software Interfaces
- Low Level Reader Protocol (LLRP)
- Discovery Configuration & Initialisation (DCI)
- Reader Management (RM)
- Application Level Events (ALE)
- Interoperability of Barcodes, EPCIS and RFID
- Transport and Logistics Industry User Group – Implementation Guide – TLS Pilots
- Returnable Transport Item (RTI/Pallet Tagging) Guideline
- GS1 EPCglobal Standards in the Consumer Electronics Supply Chain
- RFID-based Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) Technical Implementation Guide
- RFID-based Electronic Article Surveillance (EAS) – Strategic Overview
- Tagged-item Performance Protocol (TIPP) Guidelines