The Background to the NU-ERA Technology Suite
Kevin Loughrey, of Non Volatile Technologies, Sydney, conceived this technology in collaboration with Ivan Curtis of Keyworks, Adelaide, and another engineer, Mick Evans, in the UK.
A group of investors in Sydney then provided funds for the development of a prototype reader and the commercialisation of this technology. NuEra-ID Pty Ltd was formed for this purpose.
How it Happened
In late 2005, Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Loughrey was recalled into military service as the Maintenance Approval and
Design Acceptance Authority for Land Command, a formation that comprehended 85% of
the Australian Army's assets; including those involved in operations around the
The evolution of this idea was driven by a number of "imperatives". These were the creation of an inexhaustible source of unique identifiers and a supporting symbology that would have the following characteristics:
Purpose of Registry
The registry provides a simple means for the orderly issue of unique identifiers to client-systems with minimal wastage.
Method of Operation.
The design, construction and operation of the registry is novel. A patent for this has been granted by the Australian Intellectual Property Office. Further patents are anticipated in the US, China, India and the EEU. The identifiers in the registry are based on 128 bits and range from 0 to 79,228,162,514,264,337,593,543,950,336 . Unlike other systems of allocation, such as GS1, the NuEra-ID system does not segment the identifier range into hierarchies, groups or categories. Doing so invariably results in large-scale wastage of identifiers in the range. Instead, the NuEra-ID identifier is simply used to access a record within a computer system and that record then provides access to any amount of information on the entity being identified.
Users of the NuEra-ID registry may have as many different systems as they wish. These individual systems are referred to as being "client-systems". The identifier allocation for a client-system begins from the middle of the largest available remaining space in the registry. If a client-system requires more identifiers at a later date, these are provided from the point where the last identifier allocated to that client-system was made.