Standards development within the Information Technology sector is harmonized with international standards development. Through the CSA Technical Committee on Information Technology (TCIT), Canadians serve as the Canadian Advisory Committee (CAC) on ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee 1 on Information Technology (ISO/IEC JTC1) for the Standards Council of Canada (SCC), the ISO member body for Canada and sponsor of the Canadian National Committee of the IEC. Also, as a member of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Canada participates in the International Telegraph and Telephone Consultative Committee (ITU-T).
At the time of publication, ISO/IEC 15963:2004 is available from ISO and IEC in English only. CSA will publish the French version when it becomes available from ISO and IEC.
ISO/IEC 15963 describes numbering systems that are available for the identification of RF tags. A unique ID is required as part of the write operation to RFID tags.
The unique ID guarantees that the information written to a tag is unambiguously written to the correct data carrier (tag). A unique ID is also required in many read situations where the contents of the tag are tied to a specific item and that item needs to be unambiguously identified. Further discussion and explanation are given in Clause 5.
The unique ID may also be used - for the traceability of the integrated circuit itself for quality control in their manufacturing process, - for the traceability of the RF tag during its manufacturing process and along its lifetime, - for the completion of the reading in a multi-antenna configuration, - by the anti-collision mechanism to inventory multiple tags in the reader's field of view, - for the traceability of the Item to which the RF tag is attached.