Can you please suggest a good RFID solution that could be used to monitor a food production line? A company has asked us about a solution to follow fruits from the boxes’ arrival in their country to when customers leave stores.
A company called TempTrip offers software, hardware and sensors for tracking perishable foods in the supply chain (see TempTrip Wants to Make Temperature-Tracking as Easy as Netflix). There are other companies, such as InfraTab and Farsens, that make temperature sensors as well, for use in monitoring perishables.
Keep in mind that to collect data, you would first need to tag produce and have readers installed to interrogate the tags. Installing readers at a warehouse that receives goods, or at a cross-docking facility, is not difficult. But a store would need to install readers in its back room to capture information regarding when the produce arrived. Additionally, it’s unlikely that you would tag individual bags of produce that customers would buy. It would be more cost-effective to tag crates and other larger containers used for shipping in bulk.
—Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal