Using RFID for Adaptive and Dynamic Shelf-Life Estimation
First Strike Rations (FSRs), designed by the U.S. Army for highly mobile and high-intensity combat situations, have a two-year shelf life at 80 degrees Fahrenheit. It is critical to quantify a decrease in FSR quality after exposure to extended periods of high temperatures during transit and storage, in order to ensure a combatant's safety and security. In this session, learn how researchers at the University of South Florida Polytechnic are utilizing novel statistical tools to help the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) identify the most accurate and reliable RFID temperature sensors and technologies in a state-of-the-art test environment. In addition, hear about a smart, adaptive mathematical procedure developed to avoid some of the technology's well-known limitations, such as its susceptibility to the presence of metals and liquids, while accurately estimating an FSR's remaining shelf life.