Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Internet of Inventory

From Technology Review

Beyond the Bar Code
While all bags of Oreos bear the same bar code, Electronic Product Codes have so many digits that each bag could receive its own—as could up to a billion billion other items.

The new EPC standard not only specifies a common format for the codes but creates a uniform system for matching the codes with detailed product information, which can be stored anywhere on the Web.

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