RFID for Food and Agriculture
This preconference seminar is designed to educate growers, distributors and producers of food and food products, as well as systems integrators and other implementers, regarding the benefits of using RFID to track the location and monitor the temperature of food as it moves through the supply chain. The seminar will explain the current state of RFID technology, and reveal how your organization can deploy the technology to achieve such benefits today.
RFID Journal LIVE! preconference seminars provide in-depth information regarding specific aspects of EPC and RFID technologies. Attendees can choose to participate in one of these sessions prior to the opening of the main conference program. Preconference seminars are available through an All-Access, Conference + Preconference or Preconference + Exhibit-Only Pass.
April 12, 2011
New to RFID? Here's your opportunity to gain a basic introduction to the fundamentals of the technology. The differences between the various classes of tags will be explained, including active and passive systems, and the need for additional IT systems to build upon RFID in real-world applications will be highlighted. The session will also include a brief overview of the EPCglobal network, the future of ISO standards, ETSI reader regulations and the latest standardization efforts worldwide. Finally, the relationship between different standards in the area of RFID and EPC technologies, including the latest EPC Gen 2 standard, will be presented.
Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal
• A general understanding of the various types of RFID systems and their applications
• An understanding of the different components of an RFID system and how they fit together
How RFID Enables Smart Food Traceability Information Systems (SFTIS) for Specialty Crops: A USDA Research Initiative
Most current traceability systems in the specialty-crop industry are designed and used for one purpose only: food safety recall. Often, such systems are set up solo, or independent of existing information systems, such as enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions. The captured traceability information is not shared efficiently within a company and among its trading partners, resulting in the waste of valuable resources with lost business profit and a low ROI. Learn how a multi-state trans-disciplinary research team has been formed to develop a Smart Food Traceability Information System (SFTIS) for the U.S. specialty crops industry. Hear how RFID is being utilized to thread smart sensors and traceability technologies together, including temperature and humidity sensors, bio-sensors for aroma and ripeness, real-time location system (RTLS) technologies, Global Positioning Systems (GPS), and real-time mobile wireless communication.
Dr. Qingyue Ling, Program Leader, RFID Food Application Lab, Food Innovation Center, Oregon State University
• How RFID-enabled temperature sensors can be employed for monitoring the temperature of fresh produce at the critical control points of distribution channels, and for better cold-chain management, in order to improve shelf life.
• The use of RFID-enabled product identification to allow the automatic scanning of entire pallets of product into the traceability information system, resulting in significant labor savings and improved inventory management.
Monitoring Fresh Produce Temperatures During Shipping
The Hawaii Department of Agriculture is conducting a pilot project aimed at monitoring the temperatures of fresh produce during shipping. The project has been put in place to determine if there are any patterns that can be identified that could be used to prevent the produce from heating up on the airport tarmac, or at other locations. During the pilot, battery-assisted passive radio frequency identification tags are inserted into a cavity in plastic pallets. Using a handheld scanner, data from the pallets' RFID tags is collected as produce is loaded onto a pallet, when a truck is unloaded at the airport, when the pallet is loaded into the truck at the destination airport and upon arrival at a distribution center. In this session, learn how the project is expected to be used to establish a documented cold chain control model that could be implemented between Hawaii and Asia, Mexico, and the U.S. mainland.
Dr. John M. Ryan, Administrator, Quality Assurance Division, Hawaii State Department of Agriculture
• The benefits of employing radio frequency identification to develop a trans-Pacific cold chain monitoring and control program
• Why the tags' anticipated battery life is being estimated at three years, since very little energy is used to collect the periodic temperature readings
DOD RFID Shelf-Life Study, Phase II: 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.
Jean-Pierre Emond, Ph.D., Director, Cold Chain Research, Georgia Tech Research Institute
Ismail Uysal, Ph.D., Director of RFID Lab for Applied Research and Assistant Professor, University of South Florida
• A comprehensive review describing the functionality of the overall prototype system, including the design and integration of the shelf-life algorithm into a handheld RFID reader
• How acquired information is used to make informed decisions at distribution points along the supply chain, based on first-expired-first-out (FEFO) practices, as the researchers move into the next phase of the study
Using RFID to Track Temperature and Fermentation at a Winery
The teaching and research winery at the University of California, Davis is using an RFID sensor system to measure the temperature and sugar content of its wine mixes. The system enables the school to monitor the wines within its fermenting vats, saving manual labor and providing more data regarding fermenting wine than most wineries can typically gather. Sugar and temperature sensors connected to RFID nodes transmit sensor data to a receiver (a dongle called a hub), that plugs into a USB port on a laptop. The computer forwards that information to software containing a database to store all of the data, which is made available via Wi-Fi, making it accessible to remote research groups. This allows the winery to receive the most recent temperature and sugar content reading for each vat, and to maintain a history of measurements. In this session, learn how the system provides labor savings, while also ensuring that accurate extensive measurements are obtained, thereby eliminating human errors during manual readings. These precise measurements enable experiments on a variety of grapes that could not have been conducted in the past.
Archana Yarlagadda, Senior Applications Engineer, Cypress Semiconductor
• How the firm overcame the challenge of ensuring that the reader could receive the transmissions of every RFID tag in an environment filled with steel and liquid
• Future plans to have the system go live with all 152 vats and the modifications, which can be used to ensure data integrity
RFID Journal LIVE! 2011 is produced by RFID Journal, the World's RFID Authority.
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