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1 DEX/DSD Technology Subgroup Bluetooth Lab Test and Field Trial Overview September 24, 2012

2 Agenda Background Approach to be Tested Lab Test and Field Trial Purpose Workgroup Responsibilities Participant Responsibilities Closing © 2011 GS1 US2

3 Background Consumer Goods suppliers and Retailers are experiencing challenges using DEX/UCS cables Size, weight, and cost of the cables Broken and lost cables Limited life of the DEX port connectors in retail stores Since DEX was originally developed new wireless technologies have become available, offering advantages We have identified a path using a wireless Bluetooth module that can be implemented in existing locations with minimal changes to retailer and supplier systems The workgroup needs retailer, supplier and solution provider participants for a Lab Test and Field Trial to validate this alternative approach

4 Approach to be Tested Module that can be mounted on the wall in a retail store and plugs into the existing DEX port Provides wireless Bluetooth connection for the CG suppliers and no change for the retailer receiving systems Uses scanning a barcode for quick connection Can be unplugged to allow existing cables to also be used © 2011 GS1 US4

5 Bluetooth Plug-In Module DEX © 2011 GS1 US 5 DSD Delivery Driver Ready to DEX Scans Barcode Connects with Bluetooth Plug-In Module Initiates DEX Transmission 894 – Base Record 895 – Ack/Adj Plugs in Module (if needed) Plugs in Module (if needed)

6 Lab Test and Field Trial Purpose Verify the feasibility of using Bluetooth as an alternative for cables in existing DEX installations Confirm CG suppliers using Bluetooth can co-exist with no impact to those suppliers using DEX cables or retailers Evaluate the readiness and viability of available components and processes Identify best methods for implementation and operation Find any issues that need to be addressed before widespread adoption Stress test the system © 2011 GS1 US6

7 Workgroup Responsibilities Workgroup will provide: Lab Test and Field Trial Plan, including documentation on the components and changes that are needed Lab Test and Field Trial Schedule, once participating companies are set Dedicated on-line forum for information, support and questions during the Lab Test and Field Trial - Bluetooth Plug-In modules for retailers to use for the Lab Test and Field Trial (Intermec) Participant feedback surveys Summary report after completion of the Field Trial © 2011 GS1 US7

8 Participant Responsibilities Identify individuals to participate and/or contact points Exercise the system and processes during the Lab Test and Field Trial Post any comments, questions or issues during the Lab Test or Field Trial using the DEX Forum Participate in quick interviews or surveys © 2011 GS1 US8

9 Retailer Specific Responsibilities Identify sites to be used during the Field Trial Temporarily mount and power the Bluetooth Plug-In module in the Field Trial stores or give approval to do so Provide access to Field Trial sites © 2011 GS1 US9

10 CG Supplier Specific Responsibilities Identify the DSD routes that will DEX using Bluetooth at the Field Trial sites Use DSD delivery systems that support the ability to communicate using the Bluetooth Plug-In modules –Expected changes are outlined in Appendix C of the Bluetooth DEX Lab Test and Field Trial Plan © 2011 GS1 US10

11 Solution Provider Responsibilities Modify and make available application software and testware that support the Bluetooth Plug-In module Provide additional support to the retailer and CG supplier participants © 2011 GS1 US11

12 Closing Using wireless Bluetooth for DEX will address problems being experienced in the market today Our proposed approach requires few changes to existing systems and minimal disruption We need to validate this alternative approach with a Lab Test and Field Trial We will be there to support you! We appreciate your consideration and participation! © 2011 GS1 US12


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