| Henri Barthel is the technical director of EPCglobal and GS1. Barthel is responsible for leading research and development work performed in collaboration with Auto-ID Labs for liaising with solution providers. He provides technical support to GS1 member organizations and represents EPCglobal and GS1 in external standardization bodies. In addition, he is chairman of the ISO working group dealing with RFID standardization for item management. EPCglobal develops industry-driven standards for the Electronic Product Code (EPC) to support the use of RFID in today's fast-moving, information-rich trading networks. GS1 is an organization dedicated to the design and implementation of global standards and solutions to improve efficiency and visibility in global supply and demand chains.