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Discovery Service Design in the EPCglobal Network : Towards Full Supply Chain Visibility

Chris Kuerschner, Cosmin Condea, Oliver Kasten & Frederic Thiesse

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The EPCglobal Network, an emerging standard for RFID, aims to raise visibility in supply chains by enabling interested parties to query item-level data. To arrive at that end, a critical piece is yet missing: a Discovery Service to identify possibly unknown supply chain actors holding relevant data for specific EPC numbers of individual products. However, the Discovery Service architecture as initially conceived by the EPCglobal needs revision as it either infringes the confidentiality of participating companies or its use is limited to identify only participants already known. This paper has two main contributions. Firstly, we discuss the limitations of the architecture under consideration by EPCglobal and present an alternative, more adequate Discovery Service design. Our concept encourages participation in the network while ensuring information provider confidentiality. Secondly, we present a roadmap for extending the existing EPCglobal Network with two critical services:
an automated contract negotiation service and a billing service.
   
type conference paper (English)
   
keywords
   
project BRIDGE: “Building Radio Frequency IDentification for the Global Environment”
name of conference Internet of Things 2008 (Zürich)
date of conference 26-3-2008
title of proceedings First International Conference, IOT 2008. Lecture Notes in Computer Science
page(s) 19-34
publisher Springer (Berlin/Heidelberg)
ISBN 978-3-540-78730-3
review double-blind review
   
citation Kuerschner, C., Condea, C., Kasten, O., & Thiesse, F. (2008). Discovery Service Design in the EPCglobal Network: Towards Full Supply Chain Visibility. In First International Conference, IOT 2008. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, pp.19-34. Berlin/Heidelberg: Springer. - ISBN 978-3-540-78730-3.