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RFID Circle Event: DISRUPTIVE INNOVATION: The Internet of Things & Long-range RFID + Sensors -Improving the Retail Flow of Goods
November 5, 2012
Range matters! Tag size matters! Sensing often matters! All at a very low cost!
TODAY’S PROBLEM: Humans manually collect visibility data – it should be automatic! Data on the Internet has been largely created by human beings—typing, bar code scans, digital photos and more. Initial deployments of RFID solutions have relied heavily upon human intervention. Manual data collection is very time consuming and prone to errors. Implementing RFID solutions is a lot of hard work!
THE SOLUTION – Smaller, Cheaper, Faster, Longer, Better!
Long-range, low cost RFID takes the human out of the loop.
The market for visibility solutions is soaring. The “Internet of Things” is hitting the mainstream. Today sensors, cameras, RFID, bar codes, and a variety of visibility viewing platforms are commonplace throughout the working world. In 2012 over 4 billion long-range RFID tags are expected to be produced for retail apparel. We are experiencing the initial stages of an onslaught of BIG Data automatically generated by an abundance of highly distributed wireless devices.
Long-range RFID to track elements of the physical world couples with ubiquitous connectivity to the Internet to distribute BIG DATA and view information generated by these ubiquitous digital identifiers and sensors.
End users are confronted by an overwhelming number of questions.
What to buy? What’s good? What to avoid? Typical pitfalls?
How best to organize?
How to install the systems?
‘Peaceful co-existence’ with legacy systems and business processes . . . . . POS, bar code, inventory management . . . . . How to blend the old with the new? Seamless adoption, integration and deployment?
How best to analyze BIG DATA? For what purpose?
‘Fit’ with other innovative technologies?
Costs? Tags, Infrastructure, Integration . . . . .
Sprague Ackley, Technologist, Intermec
Christophe Loussert, VP, RFID integration, Tagsys
Greg Morello, CMO, Port Logistics Group (PLG)
Thomas Reese, Sr. Director, Business Development, Intelleflex Corp.
Michael Ohanian, retired President of Intermec Technologies
Implementing RFID without disrupting already successful Bar Code systems
H. Sprague Ackley, Technologist, Intermec
There are many ways of encoding RFID data, yet none seem compatible with the data in existing bar code applications.
The two main data encoding methods, GS1 and ISO, offer different and incompatible methods with current bar coding applications.
There’s a recent a major breakthrough in simplicity. GS1 just published a definitive guideline.
How to progress towards a seamless future?