From RFID Weblog AT&T launches trail of RFID service
I think this is a big deal. Up until now brands, manufacturers and service companies have announced their entry into the RFID space. This is the first "service provider" that has done so.
Remember, every RFID tag will eventually have its own IP address and be considered a webpage of sorts. Verisign will be in charge of assigning web addresses, but what company will provide the "browser" that can surf the Net using an RFID tag as an identifier?
AT&T today also announced that it has joined EPCglobal US, an affiliate of EPCglobal Inc, serving subscribers in the United States to help foster the adoption of the EPCglobal Network™ and related technology.
The EPCglobal Network combines RFID technology, existing communications network infrastructure, and the Electronic Product Code (EPC) to enable accurate, cost-efficient visibility of information in the supply chain.
During the 90-day RFID service trials, AT&T will design, deploy and manage integrated, end-to-end RFID solutions, which extend from AT&T’s IP network and Internet Data Centers into customer-premises infrastructure, including RFID readers, edge devices and software, local area networks, firewalls and routers