UID, or Unique Identification, is the process of marking an item with a globally unique identifier and ensuring data integrity throughout the item's life cycle. UID marking ensures data integrity and data quality throughout life; it also supports multi-faceted business applications by enhanced total asset visibility, improved lifecycle item management and accountability, hyper-managed recall and clean financial audits.

I-GUIDES® can be configured to work in any industry and with any program or protocol. Below are several UID standards that I-GUIDES® supports. I-GUIDES® is not limited to these standards.

IUID - Item Unique Identification (Government / Defense)
IUID is a U.S Government mandate implemented by the Department of Defense. A permanent marking method is used to assign assets (items) a unique ID. The U.S. DoD made IUID marking required for all equipment with an acquisition cost of over $5,000, equipment which is mission essential, controlled inventory, serially-controlled or consumable. more

UDI - Unique Device Identification (Medical)
The UDI system is intended to assign a unique identifier to medical devices within the United States. It was signed into law on September 27, 2007, as part of the Food and Drug Administration Amendments Act of 2007. The UDI is expected to improve patient safety.

GS1 - Item Unique Identification (Retail)
GS1 is an international non-profit association dedicated to the development and implementation of global specifications to management of supply and demand chains across multiple sectors. ISO is the main world wide standardization organisation. GS1 publishes the GS1 General Specifications. These are based fully on ISO standards.

Commercial UID
The industries above are leveraging automatic identification technologies (AIT) to enable UID which, simply stated, assigns a unique pedigree to an item (asset).

A perfect example of how AIT promotes efficiencies is the retail industry's application of UPC codes to items. This product-level marking began in the 1970s. It established a registry that makes life easier for all of us. UID takes UPC one step further by assigning a globally unique identifier to each item or asset, enabling a higher level of management throughout an item's lifetime.

I-GUIDES® provides a tool that creates and manages an item-level registry in a highly accessible, web-based, flexible and secure platform. I-GUIDES, off-the-shelf, can be configured by the user to accommodate any industry.

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