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Electric Tag for Product Life Cycle Management Disclosure Number: IPCOM000018813D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Aug-13
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Aug-13

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Valerie Thomas Steven Saar Markus Stutz


We developed a system to link bar codes on products to web-based information about the product. Our specific demonstration is for cell phone recycling, but the application can be general to any product category, and can use any standard barcode symbology. Our cell phone project uses the GSM number on cell phones to identify the make and model of the phone; the barcode reader reads the first part of the GSM number, which is encoded in the Code 128 barcode symbology. The first part of the GSM number (which can also be manually typed in to the software) links to the webpage corresponding to that make and model.