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Implementation and testing of an EPCglobal-aware Discovery Service for item-level traceability

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5 Author(s)
Barchetti, U. ; Dept. of Innovation Eng., Univ. of Salento, Lecce, Italy ; Bucciero, A. ; De Blasi, M. ; Mainetti, L.
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The item-level tracing requirements are quickly becoming a key issue in many application scenarios, in order to guarantee major transparency in products flow along the whole supply chain. The continuous evolution of auto-identification technologies, as Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), and the asserting of new open international standards, as EPCglobal, will play a very important role in tracing and tracking systems. A key component of the EPCglobal network is represented by the Discovery Service that is not a standard yet. In this paper, we focus on an implementation of a scalable Discovery Service developed as an extension of the framework FossTrak, an open architecture that implements EPCglobal services and protocols. This extended architecture has been tested in a controlled laboratory environment simulating the whole pharmaceutical supply chain, where it is possible to appreciate advantages of a Discovery Service for item-level tracing.

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Ultra Modern Telecommunications & Workshops, 2009. ICUMT '09. International Conference on

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12-14 Oct. 2009

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