Sony, Panasonic, others set Japanese RFID consortium

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 Corp., Toshiba Corp., Hitachi Ltd. and Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd., (Panasonic) the four companies said this week. The group also counts Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd., Sharp Corp., Victor Co. of Japan Ltd. and Mitsubishi Electric Corp. as members and Mizuho Information & Research Institute Inc. 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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