|Registration Authority - ISO / IEC 15459|
Registration Authority - ISO / IEC 15459
Unique identification can occur at many different levels, at item level,
on the transport unit, on the returnable transport item, at grouping levels,
and elsewhere. Such entities are often handled by several parties, both public
and private, throughout their life cycle. Each of these parties must be able to
identify and trace such distinct entities so that reference can be made to
associated information such as quality inspection data, the chemical substance
contained, the batch or lot number of parts, components or raw materials, etc.
The associated information is typically held in some kind of database.
The information can be accessed using EDI exchange or another appropriate
access protocol, e.g. a directory access protocol.
There are considerable benefits if the identity of the entity is
represented as a bar code or other AIDC (Automatic Identification and Data
Capture) media and attached to or made a constituent part of that which is
being uniquely identified so that
* it can be read electronically, thus minimizing errors;
* one identity for the same item can be used by all parties;
* each party can use the identity to look up the data associated with the entity.
All AIDC technologies have the potential to encode an identity. It is
expected that application standards, using various automatic identification
technologies, will be developed based upon the identity as a prime key. These
application standards, which can include additional rules for which level of
identification should be used, are often made available from the Issuing Agency.
This International Standard provides information on the identification of Issuing Agencies for the identification of transport units in conformance with ISO / IEC 15459 - Information Technology - Unique identification of transport units.