HKSAR Government Department
Facilitating Asset Management Process with GIAI
"GS1’s Global Individual Asset Identiﬁer (GIAI) can uniquely identify and manage a particular asset, while its scalability and interoperability matches the requirements of OGCIO."
-- Mr. John Wong, CEO, SP Inﬁnite Technology Ltd.
A HKSAR Government department commissioned SP Inﬁnite Technology Ltd. (SPIT) (A subsidiary of SecurePro Group), which is one of the leading IoT and RFID solution providers in Hong Kong, to develop a RFID application system that can be integrated to the inventory system. The RFID application system helps to perform the asset stock-taking by RFID technology. The system allows multiple users working for veriﬁcation at multiple locations in order to improve the veriﬁcation accuracy and eﬀectiveness. However, challenges came up when the department requested the RFID tags number (EPC) must be unique worldwide, which could enhance scalability, management eﬃciency, data integrity and data interoperability. GS1 Hong Kong thus plays a big part in the whole solution.
GS1 standards used or solution(s) / service(s) applied
- Global Individual Asset Identiﬁer (GIAI)
- EPCIS (Electronic Product Code Information Services)
The department adopted GS1’s Global Individual Asset Identiﬁer (GIAI) keys to identify its electronic assets in various divisions, where the keys are encoded into EPC RFID tags and aﬃxed to the assets, which enables its staﬀ to easily and quickly verify the inventory appointed location.
The GIAI enables assets to be individually recorded and harmonizes the various inventory coding system used by diﬀerent departments. It is also highly scalable to incorporate systems from other government departments as needed in future.
GIAI is carried in the unique EPC Class 1 Gen 2 security features that pertains to GS1 RFID standard, where no change can be made once encoding is completed. This ensures no tampering of the coding by anyone, enhancing the security level for the department’s annual inventory veriﬁcation system.
GIAI standard is a global GS1 standard and also ISO-compliant: ISO/IEC 15459-4 & ISO/IEC 15459-5. Using global identiﬁer to encode asset record in the system simpliﬁes the department inventory management process. It allows the department to conduct computer inventory taking in a faster and more accurate manner.
Deploying GIAI identiﬁer in RFID tags that forms part of the Government department’s inventory system helps the organisation in the following ways:
- Its IT team is able to increase its operation eﬃciency by completing inventory veriﬁcation process more rapidly and accurately;
- The team can increase the frequency of inventory veriﬁcation to ensure suﬃcient asset for maintaining daily operation;
- GIAI is scalable to enable the department to harmonies the various asset numbering scheme by other government departments.