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Brussels, 7 May 2009
GRIFS, the EU funded project promoting closer co-operation between RFID standardsorganisations, today announced the launch of the first comprehensive online database of international RFID standards, which should soon become the reference tool for anyone looking for up-to-date information on the current progress of international RFID standards.
In addition, the GRIFS project team is also issuing today a Memorandum of Understanding to support the organisation of the Global Forum of Collaboration on RFID standardisation and announces the GRIFS Forum kickoff meeting to be organised on 30 June and 1 July 2009 in Washington DC.
The three GRIFS partners are launching a comprehensive online database summarising all the current international RFID standards, whether published or in development. Based on the RFID standardisation report produced at an earlier stage in the project, this database represents an extensive tool of reference for anyone wishing to have a snapshot on the current status of international RFID standardisation. This database allows a search by areas of applications, standards organisations, or status, and contains a wealth of reliable and clear information about each of the 163 standards currently listed.
In the future, the database will be updated by designated editors and will be open to comments by registered users, which will enable fruitful interaction and better communication between standards makers and users. The database is accessible via the website:
Parallel to the development of the database, the GRIFS partners are publishing a Memorandum of Understanding to support the organisation of the Global Forum of Collaboration on RFID standardisation. The GRIFS MoU states the criteria of membership and the way the Forum is going to work. The GRIFS project team expects that major international standardisation bodies active in RFID will sign the MoU and make use of the GRIFS Forum to collaborate on a voluntary basis with their peers.
A series of workshops organised in various parts of the world has helped to spread the word about the creation of the Forum and to collect feedback on how the Forum should be organised for effective collaboration. Important principles of the MoU include decision making by consensus and working through existing standards making processes. In the coming year, four meetings of the Forum will be organised together with public information sessions.
These meetings will begin to address co-ordination issues identified through the workshop process. In addition they will address any outstanding organisational issues, especially how the Forum will operate once the GRIFS project ceases at the end of 2009.
More information on the upcoming GRIFS events, the online database, as well as the full text of the MoU are available under
GRIFS is a Support Action Project of the European Commission’s FP7 Programme.
It is a 2 year project that started in January 2008 and that focuses on developing liaisons between standards organisations with the objective to initiate a long-term forum of exchange and collaboration for global RFID stakeholders.
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The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) is an independent, non-profit organization, whose mission is to produce telecommunications standards for today and for the future. Based in Sophia Antipolis (France), ETSI is officially responsible for standardization of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) within Europe.
These technologies include telecommunications, broadcasting and related areas such as intelligent transportation and medical electronics. ETSI unites 696 members from 62 countries inside and outside Europe, including manufacturers, network operators, administrations, service providers, research bodies and users - in fact, all the key players in the ICT arena.
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About the Framework Programme 7 ICT
The objective of ICT research under the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) is to improve the competitiveness of European industry – as well as to enable Europe to master and shape the future developments of these technologies so that the demands of its society and economy are met.
The EU Member States have earmarked a total of € 9.1 billion for funding ICT over the duration of FP7; making it the largest research theme in the Cooperation programme, which is itself the largest specific programme of FP7 (with 64% of the total budget).
FP7 research activities will strengthen Europe’s scientific and technology base and ensure its global leadership in ICT, help drive and stimulate product, service and process innovation and creativity through ICT use and ensure that ICT progress is rapidly transformed into benefits for Europe’s citizens, businesses, industry and governments.
More information: http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/ict/