RFID F2F Anuga FoodTec 2012 - Speakers' Corner: RFID and WSN for food traceability (wine and fish)


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Farm to Fork is an open transnational food information framework which allows customers purchasing food products to access traceability information about the product.

Professor Robert Newman, from the University of Wolverhampton’s School of Technology (Project Coordinator), presented the RFID F2F project, that aims at showcasing to SMEs the benefits of Radio-frequency Identification from the producer to the consumer.
Two categories have been addressed and presented to the audience with focus with focus on wine and fish sectors (pilots by University of Vigo, Iñigo Cuiñas, and University of Ljubljana, Mira Trebar).

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  • These tools are mostly Web based, allowing to access them from any HTML5 compliant device Allow you to give a name to things, this name is part of a worldwide standard used in retail – you will be using a well-understood common languageYou probably are already using part of it! Having a common language makes interchange of data quick and cheapSensor data! HACCP!Process and procedures!Share information – you can receive the information from your partners and use them efficiently.You can share selected information with your customersYou will receive back data from your logistics, further processing and retailBuilt to be cheap, to reuse everything you already have in house where possible.We have experience in a lot of sectors.
  • Collecting – for your own use and to comply with food regulationExchange – no more cumbersome data exchanged in paper format, numbers to be copied from one form to anotherSharing – learn the value of exchanging dataYou do not have to collect anything more than you are already doing. Most of the data collection can be automated, most of the times you end up saving a lot of staff timeWhere I say “paper” I mean “anything which is not a proper database” including Excel and similar.Paper is not efficient – it barely fulfils law requirements and it is only a false economy - it is very costly in the long term. Plus, you end up collecting data JUST to fulfil someone else need (usually a legislator) – you have the data, data is costly to collect – learn to use it!
  • You get things done in a more timely fashion – meaning products arrive fresherThe system comes with thing like automatic stocktaking – no more expired leftovers in your fridgeThings are double checked for you – you are notified of problems
  • RFID F2F Anuga FoodTec 2012 - Speakers' Corner: RFID and WSN for food traceability (wine and fish)

    1. 1. Anuga Food Tec RFID - From Farm to Fork Cologne, 28th March 2012 Strengthening SME competitiveadvantage through RFID implementationProf. Bob Newman www.rfid-f2f.eu @RFIDfarmtofork
    2. 2. The RFID from Farm to Fork projectWhat it is• EU CIP Project• 9 Partners in 5 countries (UK, Spain, Italy, Slovenia, Belgium) • Aim - to provide consumers with a means to find out where their food comes from • Provide return on investment for all stages of the food production chain – Area: Internet evolution and security – Objective: Strenghening SME competitive advantage through RFID implementation – Project reference: 250444• Article RFID Journal “Ambitious European Project Traces Food from Farm to Fork”
    3. 3. Anuga Food Tec RFID - From Farm to Fork Cologne, 28th March 2012 Strengthening SME competitiveadvantage through RFID implementationProf. Iñigo Cuiñas www.rfid-f2f.eu @RFIDfarmtofork
    4. 4. Denomination of Origin Ribeiro
    5. 5. Vitivinícola del Ribeiro The company• Winery established in 1968 – The first “Ribeiro” wine bottled and labelled: “Pazo”• Two goals: – Recovering the quality varietals of the region – Modernise the winemaking techniques• Production – 5M bottles per year – 40% of the area – http://www.vinoribeiro.com
    6. 6. Vitivinícola del RibeiroBusiness process Distribution Winery Vineyard
    7. 7. Vineyards
    8. 8. Business flow
    9. 9. Pilot RFID/WSN proposal• At the vineyard – Wireless Sensor Network – ZigBee technology• At the winery – RFID for traceability purposes “what”, “where” and “when” • Additional benefits: automate data registration , error reduction, accurate inventory control, better information sharing – Covering different steps of the business process: • Farm: grapes collection • Processing: grapes selection, chute dumping, pressing, must/wine movements and treatments • Storage and delivery• For customers – NFC/QR on products to access traceability information via web services
    10. 10. WSNNetwork deployment
    11. 11. WSNNetwork deployment
    12. 12. WSN Connectivity• Connection among nodes • Mesh topology • If one node fails – Automatic reconfiguration • Problems – Pine trees – Vineyard foliage
    13. 13. WSN Connectivity• Global System Architecture
    14. 14. RFIDHardware definition
    15. 15. RFID Software• Most of the data collected by a RFID handheld reader• Handheld capture application – Separate forms – Each one for each production process• An EPCIS compliant XML file is generated with the data collected• Extra information can be introduced – Chemical analysis data, i.e.• English and Spanish versions of the application
    16. 16. RFID Software• Not many fields to fill• Possibility of using touch screen or keyboard buttons.• Information presented in an understandable way for the user• Two consecutive readings of EPC and User memory in the same tag with only one button click
    17. 17. RFIDSoftware
    18. 18. Traceability application
    19. 19. RoI• WSN – Reduction of time • Yesterday, an operator goes each day to the vineyards to take data • Now, data come to the computer – Reduction of costs • In personnel • In treatments: – Ambient data used as entry to plague prediction model – Yesterday, 10-12 treatments against mildew – Now, treatments only in hazard time (in 2011 no mildew hazards)• RFID at winery – Precision • All movements in the winery are registered – Reduction of time to obtain the traceability history of a product • Yesterday, look among papers, Excel files, and notes (one morning) • Now, instant response from software (few seconds)
    20. 20. RFID NFC at the bottles• Final users application• An added value for selection among wines: – Those F2F tagged will provide more information than traditionally labelled• Tests – Samsung Nexus S
    21. 21. Anuga Food Tec RFID - From Farm to Fork Cologne, 28th March 2012 Strengthening SME competitiveadvantage through RFID implementationProf. Iñigo Cuiñas www.rfid-f2f.eu @RFIDfarmtofork
    22. 22. Anuga Food Tec RFID - From Farm to Fork Cologne, 28th March 2012 Strengthening SME competitiveadvantage through RFID implementationProf. Mira Trebar Fish pilot (Slovenia) Fonda www.rfid-f2f.eu @RFIDfarmtofork
    23. 23. Fish Pilot• SME: Fonda.si.• Fish farm location: northern part of Adriatic sea.• Product: Piran sea bass.• Fish grows for 3-4 years in ”natural conditions”.• Delivery of fish from the sea to a consumer in one day.
    24. 24. Business Process• All stages of supply chain.• Fresh and smoked sea bass.• Paper tag - Catch date, ...• On sale: Slovenia, Italy, ...
    25. 25. RFID ImplementationProcessing Logistics Fishmarket• Farm: Growing, Feeding, Inspection.• Processing: Sorting by product type, Preparing orders, Weighing boxes, Printing RFID label, Adding RFID data loggers.• Logistics: Transport from processing, Receiving at coldstore, Shiping from coldstore, Transport to retail/customer.• Fishmarket: Receiving, Removing RFID data loggers.
    26. 26. Processing• PC, Scale, RFID Printer, Handheld RFID Reader.• Wireless Internet Connection.
    27. 27. Logistics• PC, Fixed RFID Reader, 2 Reader Antennas.• Internet Connection. Receiving Shipping
    28. 28. Cold chain’RFID data logger’with Temperature Sensor (IDS d.o.o) Cold store Transport
    29. 29. Consumer• Presentation of results at Fishmarket.• Important information: – Place of origin, – Freshness, – Quality.• Consumer scans QR code – receives the data.
    30. 30. Conclusions • Replacement of manual based collection of data. • Improved business processes. • Labour savings, employees like the new system. • ROI can be identified during longer period. • Traceability data is available – web page. • Consumers confidence is considerably improved.http://www.wmrfid.org/farm2fork/tracenew.html?uri=tag/302D6D4306800780000F4A7E
    31. 31. Anuga Food Tec RFID - From Farm to Fork Cologne, 28th March 2012 Strengthening SME competitiveadvantage through RFID implementation www.rfid-f2f.eu @RFIDfarmtofork
    32. 32. Principles• Ownership of information – Originator of data owns information – Controls how much (or how little) is released•Organisation – One transnational system • Don’t need different system for different retailers • Don’t need different systems for different countries • Independent, so trustable
    33. 33. How it worksProducts are serialised• Each product (unit) gets its own web site• The website gives – marketing information – origin – suppliers – dates and times – cold chain information – etc, etc• Web site can be accessed on in shop terminal (extended barcode)• Can be accessed on mobile phone or tablet (QR code)
    34. 34. Technical details• Fully conforms to EPC global specs• Provides information sharing between companies using shared database• Control and ownership of information
    35. 35. MembershipPayment model is ‘per hit’ – costs more the more you get from it – will also need to fund production tracing and equipmentMembership – will organise group membership with appropriate organisations – biggest advantage for early adopters
    36. 36. Collateral benefits• View through the supply chain– efficient information sharing system– suppliers can ‘see’ both ways through the supply chain• Benefits of process traceability– what you need depends on what you have– process depends on uint tracking (RFID, barcodes), process modelling, sensing technology– Often when installed this increases efficiency– better control– able to track product when needed
    37. 37. Shared and privateHow does an open, shared system provideindividual businesses with competitiveadvantage? Production Business Production data Business Productivity Productiondata Business Productivity gathering App data gathering Productivity App gathering App Open common infrastructure Consumer Consumer Presentation Consumer Presentation Presentation
    38. 38. • Common open infrastructure – Maintained by Farm to Fork Foundation • Database • Services • Protocols and standards• Business specific systems – Produced by accredited systems integrators • Production tracking systems • Business productivity apps • Branding and Marketing in customer information
    39. 39. FARM TO FORK - the systemSet of open tools and standards to:• Manage products, assets, locations and documents – Create and manage barcodes and RFID tags• Collect and query information about sensor data, procedures and processes – Condition monitoring – Hazard analysis and critical control points• Share information with business partners – With your customers as well – Bidirectional exchangeDeveloped with over 10 years experience on the SMEs marketPilots running in major food sectorsDeployed across all of Europe
    40. 40. FARM TO FORK - why do you need it?• Farm2Fork is about information – Collecting – Exchanging – Sharing• Collecting this information is mandated by the law – It does not create additional work• Paper based document handling is a false economy – You cannot use the information you produce
    41. 41. FARM TO FORK - information is not a burden• It lets you use the information you collect – Quality control – Better use of resources – Avoid costly mistakes – Food safety• Large savings in terms of time – Time is the most precious of your assets, the most costly of your ingredients
    42. 42. Call for expression of interest• Farm to Fork Foundation– Needs national organisations, grow by affiliation• Producers and retailers– Early adopters gain most advantage• Systems integrators– To build business specific systems
    43. 43. FARM TO FORK - If you want to know more…Come to speak with us today!We are at:Hall 10.1 Stand C076a
    44. 44. Anuga Food Tec RFID - From Farm to Fork Cologne, 28th March 2012 Strengthening SME competitiveadvantage through RFID implementation www.rfid-f2f.eu @RFIDfarmtofork