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New Performance Protocol Simplifies RFID Tag Buying and Selling

You'd be forgiven for missing the most important development in RFID, or for dozing off if you did spot it. But earlier this month, GS1 announced the Tagged Item Performance Protocol (TIPP), a new approach to testing tags that simplifies life for retailers, suppliers and tag vendors, and ensures that tags will really work in the field.

New Performance Protocol Simplifies RFID Tag Buying and Selling

It’s a simple concept: TIPP defines standard ways to test tags mounted on the specific item to be tagged, rather than the current approach, which involves scoring tags on lab fixtures meant to simulate item categories. With this announcement, GS1 released documents outlining standard methods for testing and evaluation of tags under the protocol.

This approach gets retailers out of the business of selecting tags, and into the business of defining requirements in standard, abstract terms. Suppliers are then free to offer any tag that meets the requirements. This will lead to more tag choice, lower tag cost, more rapid solution development and more predictable results. TIPP enjoys broad support across retailers, tag suppliers, technology vendors, and academia, and it has energetic leadership from GS1, so it should stick.

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It’s a simple concept: TIPP defines standard ways to test tags mounted on the specific item to be tagged, rather than the current approach, which involves scoring tags on lab fixtures meant to simulate item categories. With this announcement, GS1 released documents outlining standard methods for testing and evaluation of tags under the protocol.

This approach gets retailers out of the business of selecting tags, and into the business of defining requirements in standard, abstract terms. Suppliers are then free to offer any tag that meets the requirements. This will lead to more tag choice, lower tag cost, more rapid solution development and more predictable results. TIPP enjoys broad support across retailers, tag suppliers, technology vendors, and academia, and it has energetic leadership from GS1, so it should stick.

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New Performance Protocol Simplifies RFID Tag Buying and Selling