This month there are a series of ISO RFID standards meetings taking place in Sarasota, FL USA. The third meeting was SC 31/WG 4/SG 3. This committee is responsible for RFID air interface standards – ISO/IEC 18000 series standards.
All of the parts of ISO/IEC 18000 have been published, but work items are currently open to revise parts 6 and 7.
ISO/IEC 18000-6 is the air interface standard for 860 – 960 MHz UHF RFID. This standard was revised and published in 2010 with the addition of a Type D and support for sensors and battery assist. The addition of these options to the standard meant that the document had grown to almost 500 pages. A new work item to break this standard into smaller parts was approved at the end of 2010 and the committee met, for the first time since that approval, to review the work that has been done.
The standard has been broken into five parts:
- Part 6: Parameters for air interface communications at 860 MHz to 960 MHz General
- Part 61: Parameters for air interface communications at 860 MHz to 960 MHz Type A
- Part 62: Parameters for air interface communications at 860 MHz to 960 MHz Type B
- Part 63: Parameters for air interface communications at 860 MHz to 960 MHz Type C
- Part 64: Parameters for air interface communications at 860 MHz to 960 MHz Type D
Each of these parts was approved to move to the first stage of balloting – CD ballot. For more details of how the ISO process works see: http://www.understandrfidstandards.com/how-does-iso-work/
ISO/IEC 18000-7 Parameters for active air interface communications at 433 MHz was last published in 2010. This standard has been opened to revise the technology to include multi-channel utilization and more efficient communication techniques needed to address increased market and application needs for higher and more secure data transmissions. This revision will also specify the sensor interface and a universal mechanism to allow for other services to be enabled on the tag.
Feb 18, 2011