SEOUL, South Korea The South Korean Commerce, Industry and Energy Ministry said the country's proprietary mobile radio-frequency ID technology, known here as Object Identifier (OID), has been adopted as an international standard by the Geneva-based International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
A ministry spokesman said the mobile RFID technology, developed by the country's state-run Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute, allows mobile phones to read a wide range of RFID tags. Through OID-equipped handsets, users can read detailed product data on RFID tags.
With the ISO-standardized RFID technology, the ministry spokesman said, South Korea will be able to protect its domestic mobile RFID market, which is expected to reach 700 billion won ($752 million) in 2010.
The country's mobile telecommunications service carriers, including SK Telecom and KTF, are now testing the relevant services with various industries, according to the ministry.