Let’s discuss various standards related to the design and use of RFID systems as well as a few RFID mandates issued by some commercial and governmental organizations, which drive a large part of RFID implementations today.
Standards are created by various organizations to facilitate interoperability among components of the system designed and manufactured by many different organizations. Many organizations develop standards—for example, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and EPCglobal.
While more than one standard may be available for a particular use and compliance with it is optional, regulations must be obeyed. Mandate compliance is optional. Mandates are created by organizations as a policy to interact with various business partners. The following sections describe various RFID standards and mandates that will effect the selection of a particular tag.