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RFID News Roundup

Auburn University RFID Lab announces retail supply chain project ••• A2B Tracking launches mobile RFID asset-tracking app ••• Atos intros IoT edge-computing server ••• Longview IoT unveils new IoT protocol, extends its secure IoT solutions ••• Zscaler releases report on IoT traffic and threats ••• Event Genius services four cashless events simultaneously via RFID.
By Rich Handley
May 23, 2019

Presented here are news announcements made during the past week by the following organizations: the Auburn University RFID Lab; A2B Tracking; Atos; Longview IoT; Zscaler; and Event Genius.

Auburn University RFID Lab Announces Retail Supply Chain Project

The Auburn University RFID Lab has announced the CHIP Project, a blockchain proof-of-concept for serialized data exchange in retail and apparel supply chains. CHIP, an acronym for CHain Integration Pilot, is designed to integrate item-level data streams from various stakeholders into a blockchain solution, thereby creating a common record of information that can then be jointly shared by trade partners to improve visibility and decision making.

Since the project's inception in June 2018, CHIP has onboarded 21 partners that will participate directly in the proof-of-concept and support the project as a collective working group. There are currently five brand owners, including PVH, Herman Kay, Under Armour and Spanx, with four national retailers and a global logistics provider also contributing to project efforts.

More than half a dozen technology solution providers are involved with the project, including Avery Dennison, Checkpoint Systems, IBM, Mojix, Smartrac, SML and Zebra Technologies. These firms will support data-capture systems and other Internet of Things (IoT) infrastructure, as well as help develop the blockchain solution. Strategic partnerships have been formed with GS1 US, Collaboration, Elverston, Mindy Rector Consulting and Tuskegee University to ensure compliance with global standards.

The RFID Lab is also joining Hyperledger, a global collaboration hosted by the Linux Foundation that aims to advance cross-industry blockchain technologies. Hyperledger is a multi-venture, multi-stakeholder effort that includes various enterprise blockchain and distributed ledger technologies. By becoming a Hyperledger member, the lab joins companies in the finance, banking, IoT, supply chain, manufacturing and technology sectors, and will thus be positioned to inform and influence the direction and application of blockchain technologies worldwide.

The project allows companies to capture and contribute item-level data streams, such as EPC, QR code, SSCC and other SGTIN-based methods, into a blockchain solution. Thus, an item-level record of product information can be created for goods flowing from one supply chain stakeholder to another. RFID, serialized case codes and other data-capture systems will tie into the blockchain solution, which will serve as a medium for data exchange and a platform for leveraging supply chain-wide information. The blockchain solution will be powered by Hyperledger Fabric.

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