Sony, Panasonic, others set RFID consortium

Major Japanese electronics makers have formed a consortium to study the introduction of RFID tags for inventory management purposes.

Several major Japanese electronics makers have formed a consortium to study and coordinate the introduction of RFID (radio frequency identification) tags for distribution channel inventory management purposes, they said Tuesday.

The Home Appliance Electronic Tag Consortium was founded in late October by Sony, Toshiba, Hitachi and Matsushita Electric Industrial Co (Panasonic) the four companies said this week. The group also counts Sanyo Electric Co., Sharp, Victor Co. of Japan and Mitsubishi Electric as members and Mizuho Information & Research Institute as coordinator.

It will work for a year on guidelines covering the use of RFID tags for distribution channel purposes such as interoperability, common data formats and compatibility with standards being drawn up overseas.

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