TOKYO Four major Japanese IT companies---NTT Data Corp., Fujitsu Ltd., Hitachi, Ltd. and NEC Corp-- have formed an initiative to establish a common platform for identification (ID) tag based service interoperability.
Tentatively named the ID commerce platform development initiative, the initiative will be open to device manufacturers, mobile phone carriers and distributors both inside and outside Japan. It will begin a year of interoperability tests in August using prototype systems. The group plans to report the result in July 2006.
The initiative hopes to verify whether services and systems based on such ID tags actually connect each other and find what interface is necessary to realize true interoperability.
The ID information on tags is often defined within a company, for one service system or within an industry at present. The same ID information does not necessarily distribute universally.
"ID tags are getting widely used, but does the same ID information go through all systems of different companies or industries? Verification has not yet fully done and practical problems will emerge from now on," said Naoshi Nakamura, senior executive vice president of NTT Data, which originated the project.
"We will find such problems through the verification tests and want to propose possible solutions to standardization bodies," Nakamura added.