Wipro Technologies Joins Prestigious EPCglobal Network

11/21/2003 - Wipro Technologies, the global IT services division of Wipro Limited (NYSE:WIT), announced that it has become a member of the EPCglobal Network, a joint venture between EAN International and the Uniform Code Council (UCC). Bullish about the growth of the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Technology, Wipro Technologies is the first Indian software services company to enter this privileged league.

Wipro’s ability to provide the complete spectrum of IT services positions them well to play a major role in the RFID revolution. Wipro’s retail industry expertise will help them develop business applications and data analytics for retail and CPG organizations to use RFID technologies effectively. With two decades of experience in embedded technologies, Wipro will offer services such as chip and product design to manufacturers of RFID tags, readers and related products. Wipro will also help integrate the various software, hardware and applications that will help enterprises RFID-enable themselves.

“By providing near perfect supply chain visibility, RFID has the potential to radically alter the way retail and CPG companies do their business,' said Bhanumurthy B.M., vice president, Retail, CPG and Distribution Solutions, Wipro Technologies. “We have been following the work done at the Auto-ID Center at the MIT very closely, and are convinced that the new technology and business framework around RFID and EPC Network will transform the Retail Supply Chain and demand management as we know it today. As a member of EPCglobal Network and a provider of end-to-end IT solutions, we can play a leading role in helping organizations use this technology for near and long term RoI”, he added.

EPCglobal is leading the development of industry-driven standards for the revolutionary Electronic Product Code (EPC) Network to support the use of radio frequency identification (RFID) in today’s fast-moving, information rich trading networks. The EPC Network is an enabling technology that will transform the global supply chain through a new, open global standard for real-time, automatic identification of items in the supply chain of any company, in any industry, anywhere in the world.

The EPC Network will make organisations more effective by enabling true visibility of information about items in the supply chain. Having more accurate, immediate information about the location of items, the history of items, and the number of items in the supply chain will enable organisations to be more responsive to customers and consumer needs through more efficient, customer-driven operations. Being part of this network gives Wipro the advantage of enjoying a host of benefits like Training and education on implementing and using the EPC and the EPC Network, access to the EPC Network components, software specifications and the published reference implementations of Savant and PML, links with other subscribers to create pilots and test cases and participation in joint marketing activities with EPCglobal, to name a few.

About Wipro Limited
Wipro Limited is the first PCMM Level 5 and SEI CMM Level 5 certified IT Services Company globally. Wipro provides comprehensive IT solutions and services, including systems integration, Information Systems outsourcing, package implementation, software application development and maintenance, and research and development services to corporations globally.

In the Indian market, Wipro is a leader in providing IT solutions and services for the corporate segment in India offering system integration, network integration, software solutions and IT services. Wipro also has profitable presence in niche market segments of consumer products and lighting. In the Asia Pacific and Middle East markets, Wipro provides IT solutions and services for global corporations.

Wipro's ADSs are listed on the New York Stock Exchange, and its equity shares are listed in India on the Stock Exchange - Mumbai, and the National Stock Exchange, among others. For more information, please visit our website at www.wipro.com.

About the EPCglobal
EPCglobal is industry’s trusted partner for driving the global adoption and implementation of the EPC Network across industry sectors. Our mission is to make organizations more effective by enabling true visibility of information about items in the supply chain. To that end, EPCglobal develops and oversees standards for the Electronic Product Code (EPC) Network.

As a joint-venture between EAN International and the Uniform Code Council (UCC), EPCglobal leverages a nearly thirty year heritage of successfully partnering with industry. EPCglobal is a neutral, consensus-based, not-for-profit standards organization.

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