By Edmund W. Schuster
At a similar time, i used to be a junior model supervisor at Procter & Gamble w- ried a couple of even more mundane challenge: tips on how to preserve my items at the shelf. Embedding RFID tags within the items, and RFID readers within the shelf, gave the impression of the correct – certainly the single – strategy to do that. yet i wanted RFID to be more affordable, higher, and standardized in an open procedure. In early 1999, through sheer probability, I met Brock and Sarma. the end result used to be a powerful assembly of minds. i used to be seeking to fund study, and Brock, Sarma and Siu have been searching for examine investment. operating with Alan Haberman of the Uniform Code Council, one of many founding fathers of the UPC bar code, and Allan Boath of the Gillette C- pany, we constructed a plan for a brand new funded study consortium at MIT. Haberman desired to name it the guts For computerized identity and knowledge catch. on the final minute I persuaded him to abbreviate it to the Auto-ID heart. yet my success with names is hit or miss: encouraged by way of the bar code, I had the undesirable inspiration of calling Auto-ID Center’s know-how UPC2. Brock and Sarma stored the day – considered one of them, i can't take into accout which, proposed a higher substitute: EPC, for digital product code. The Auto-ID middle opened on October 1, 1999. P&G loaned me to MIT to behave as govt Director, and Sunny Siu was once the 1st learn Director.