Improving the Combat Rations Supply Chain With RFID Temperature Monitoring

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Shelf-stable combat rations are essential for enabling individual warfighters to perform assigned missions and survive battlefield threats. The current family of rations has been developed and designed to have sufficient shelf life under normal storage conditions (two to three years at 80 degrees Fahrenheit). Under high-temperature conditions, however, there is degradation in the quality and nutritional content of those rations, reducing their effective shelf life. Learn how highly functional, sensor-equipped RFID tags in the DOD rations supply chain can significantly improve food quality and safety. Hear how a pilot project performed by the University of South Florida Polytechnic's College of Technology and Innovation, the University of Florida, the Georgia Institute of Technology, a systems integrator and the U.S. Army's Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center used RFID to improve military ration logistics, while simultaneously providing valuable improvement opportunities for commercial food distribution and retailing.


Ismail Uysal, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of South Florida Polytechnic