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ISO/IEC 18000-7 48-Bit Barcode Guidelines for Active RFID

January 11, 2008

Introduction
This document defines the bar code printing format for ISO 18000-7 compliant tags
under active RFID. ISO 18000-7 Tags are uniquely identified by a 48 bit Tag ID which
is composed of a combination of a Tag Manufacturer ID (16 bits) and Tag Serial Number
(32 bit) at the ISO 18000-7 protocol level. For the convenience of end users who have to
enter Tag IDs into applications manually or via barcode scans, tags need to display the
combined 48 bit printable Tag ID. The method of concatenating these two values to
provide the unique bar code value to display on the tag is described here.

Normative references
The following document is applicable to this document

ISO/IEC 18000-7.2 Information technology -- Radio frequency identification for item


management -- Part 7: Parameters for active air interface communications at 433 MHz

ISO/IEC 15963:2004 Information technology -- Radio frequency identification for item


management – Unique identification for RF Tags

Tag 48-Bit Bar Code Format


Due to the available size limits for many serial number labels, all ISO tag labels will be
switched from the present code 39 to code 128. Successful testing has been done on a
128 code, 14 digit barcode ending up at 1.12 inches long (limited number of lengths
available, based on the code specs built into the barcode printing software) on a 1.25 long
label.

Barcode Label Specifications:

MATERIAL GLOSSY, SMOOTH OR MATTE WHITE: POLYESTER, POLYETHYLENE


NAPTHALATE (PEN) OR POLYIMIDE, 2-5 MIL THICK
COLOR BLACK WEATHERPROOF INK: RESIN THERMAL TRANSFER,
PIGMENTED INK, LASOR, OR INK JET ACCEPTABLE ON WHITE
BACKGROUND
FONT ARIAL OR OTHER SANS-SERRIF FONT
LAMINATION 1 MIL CLEAR POLYESTER
ADHESIVE PERMANENT, PRESSURE SENSITIVE: ACYRLIC, SILICONE, OR
RUBBER BASED
DIMENSION 1.250” (Length) x 0.425” (Height) (Thickness range is 2-5 MIL)
• Bar code and text to be centered and conform to Code 128.
• Label shall be manufactured by a UL approved vendor. Vendor shall have a current
signed “printer agreement” on file with UL per UL marking and labeling systems, and
shall supply each package or roll marked with company name and label designation per
UL marking and labeling systems.
• The label shall include 3 lines of information
o ISO 18000-7
o Code 128 barcode of Tag ID
o Human Readable Tag ID

Barcode Example:

The printable, human readable Tag ID on an ISO 18000-7 compliant tag under active
RFID will consist of the integer value of the combined 48 bits of the Tag Manufacturer
ID (16 bits) and the Tag Serial Number (32 bits) as described in the example below. In
the Tag Manufacturer ID, the 1st byte is the allocation class and the 2nd byte is the 8-bit
UID issuer registration number assigned based on ANS INCIT 256. Note that there is an
error in the example shown in Section 6.2.6.4 of the ISO-18000-7.2 doc regarding the
order of the allocation class and the UID. This is addressed in the ISO 18000-7 errata
document. The Tag Serial Numbers shall be managed by each tag manufacturer such that
each tag manufactured by them has a unique 32 bit Tag Serial Number.

Example (using Contractor’s registered Manufacturer ID) –

Contractor’s Manufacturer ID is:


Decimal 4356
Hex 0x1104
Binary 0001 0001 0000 0100

For an ISO tag with 32 bit Tag Serial Number of:


Decimal 0006095854
Hex 0x005D03EE
Binary 10111010000001111101110
Add leading 0’s to the hexadecimal value of the Tag Serial Number to result in an 8-digit
hexadecimal value and concatenate it to the end of the Manufacturer ID (also represented
as a hexadecimal vale). Convert the resulting hexadecimal value to a decimal value for
display on the bar code:

0x4356005D03EE = 74036652344302 decimal

For this example the Tag ID printed on the tag’s barcode label would use the decimal
value of 74036652344302 and applications will use this decimal value to work with
the ISO tag.