The use of the EPC with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) provides an effective bridge from today’s barcode-based systems to RFID—all while extending your current investment in GS1 Standards.

 

The Key to Unlocking RFID

Packed with useful information that is recognized across the globe, the EPC helps:

  • Act as a globally-unique identifier specific to an item
  • Distinguish if the RFID tag is being used for a point-of-sale item, a case, or a pallet
  • Indicate the manufacturer and product identifier 

"But how do I get an EPC?"

All you need is a Universal Product Code (U.P.C.), along with a unique serialized item identifier following GS1 Standards, to get started!

Figure - 1 (below) illustrates how the U.P.C. is added to a unique serial number to create a globally unique EPC. Tip: Your U.P.C. is made up of a U.P.C. Company Prefix, an Item Reference Number, and a Calculated Check Digit.

Unsure of how to choose a unique serial number? Check out our Developing an RFID Serialization Plan document that outlines common serialization solution approaches.

 
Figure 1: Getting Started 
Translating a U.P.C. to an EPC

 

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