RFID Technology for Agri-Food Tracability Management

RFID Technology for Agri-Food Tracability Management

Filippo Gandino (Politecnico di Torino, Italy), Erwing Ricardo Sanchez (Politecnico di Torino, Italy), Bartolomeo Montrucchio (Politecnico di Torino, Italy) and Maurizio Rebaudengo (Politecnico di Torino, Italy)
Copyright: © 2009 |Pages: 19
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-298-5.ch004
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This chapter deals with the use of RFID technology for improving management and security of agri-food products. In order to protect health and to make transparent the production flow of alimentary commodities, traceability is becoming mandatory for food products in an increasing number of countries. Everywhere, innovative solutions are investigated by agri-food companies in order to improve their traceability management systems. The RFID technology seems to be able to solve in a very efficient way the requirements for traceability systems, however some technological problems, such as the lack of consolidated systems, and the costs are the main obstacles to the wide adoption of RFID-based traceability systems. In this chapter the peculiarities of agri-food traceability and the most relevant results reached by the state-of-the-art research studies are detailed.
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Traceability is considered today a crucial factor for the agri-food sector. An effective traceability system brings many benefits, such as increasing the security of customers, and so their confidence, and controlling the effects of commodity withdrawal. Furthermore, in many countries traceability is a mandatory requirement for the agri-food sector. In EU, The European Parliament And The Council (2002) establishes that “1. The traceability of food, feed, ... shall be established at all stages of production, processing and distribution. 2. Food and feed business operators shall be able to identify any person from whom they have been supplied with a food, ... To this end, such operators shall have in place systems and procedures which allow for this information to be made available to the competent authorities on demand. 3. Food and feed business operators shall have in place systems and procedures to identify the other businesses to which their products have been supplied. This information shall be made available to the competent authorities on demand. 4. Food or feed which is placed on the market or is likely to be placed on the market in the Community shall be adequately labeled or identified to facilitate its traceability, through relevant documentation or information in accordance with the relevant requirements of more specific provisions.”

The Traceability in the agri-food sector is often managed by systems that employ labels or barcodes for the commodity identification. However, the new requirements of accuracy and efficiency have promoted the research of more efficient and effective solutions for traceability management. One of the most promising alternatives to traditional solutions is represented by the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology. RFID systems, constituted by passive low cost transponders, are currently being used in a variety of applications and environments as detailed in this book. Many research projects have been developed to evaluate if RFID technology can be properly exploited for agri-food traceability activities.

The ISO 9001:2000 (ISO, 2000) standard defines traceability as the “ability to trace the history, application or location of that which is under consideration”. The activities involved by Traceability Management (TM) are also strongly linked to Supply Chain Management (SCM). For The Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals “SCM encompasses the planning and management of all activities involved in sourcing and procurement, conversion, and all Logistics Management activities. Importantly, it also includes coordination and collaboration with channel partners, which can be suppliers, intermediaries, third-party service providers, and customers. In essence, SCM integrates supply and demand management within and across companies” (Gibson, Mentzer, & Cook, 2005). On the one hand, TM aims at detecting and recording the path and the history of items; on the other hand, SCM aims at improving the production chain, so SCM can manage the traceability of products, but it is only an optional intermediate step to reach business improvements. Furthermore there are issues that characterize agri-food sector, and that affect both TM and SCM: (a) the management of perishable products requires special solutions like controlled storages in refrigerating rooms; (b) The Out-of-Shelves problem (Corsten & Gruen, 2004) is a threat for all kinds of brands and in particular for perishable products (Kranendonk & Rackebrandt, 2002), producing direct losses to retailers and manufacturers, such as lost sale, brand switch, and store switch. Therefore many research projects provide data about SCM and Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC) that concern activities comprised by TM.

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Table of Contents
Olaf Diegel
Judith Symonds, John Ayoade, David Parry
Chapter 1
Chin Boo Soon
This chapter describes the history and development of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID). Key information on RFID such as the ratification of the... Sample PDF
Radio Frequency Identification History and Development
Chapter 2
John Garofalakis, Christos Mettouris
The continuous evolution of wireless technologies has made them ideal for use in many different applications, including user positioning. Until now... Sample PDF
Using Bluetooth for Indoor User Positioning and Informing
Chapter 3
John Ayoade, Judith Symonds
Standards organisations such as EPC Global work to provide global compatibility between RFID readers and tags (EPCGlobal, 2007). This is essential... Sample PDF
RFID for Identification of Stolen/Lost Items
Chapter 4
Filippo Gandino, Erwing Ricardo Sanchez, Bartolomeo Montrucchio, Maurizio Rebaudengo
This chapter deals with the use of RFID technology for improving management and security of agri-food products. In order to protect health and to... Sample PDF
RFID Technology for Agri-Food Tracability Management
Chapter 5
Lena Mamykina, Elizabeth Mynatt
In the last decade, novel sensing technologies enabled development of applications that help individuals with chronic diseases monitor their health... Sample PDF
Interpreting Health and Wellness Information
Chapter 6
Bryan Houliston
Hospitals are traditionally slow to adopt new information systems (IS). However, health care funders and regulators are demanding greater use of IS... Sample PDF
RFID in Hospitals and Factors Restricting Adoption
Chapter 7
David Parry, Judith Symonds
Radio-frequency Identification (RFID) offers a potentially flexible and low cost method of locating objects and tracking people within buildings.... Sample PDF
RFID and Assisted Living for the Elderly
Chapter 8
Ashir Ahmed, Ly-Fie Sugianto
This chapter introduces an activity-based framework for the adoption of radio frequency identification (RFID) in emergency management. The framework... Sample PDF
RFID in Emergency Management
Chapter 9
Bin Shen, Yu-Jin Zhang
This chapter is concerned with online object tracking, which aims to locate a given object in each of the consecutive frames. Many algorithms have... Sample PDF
Subsequence-Wise Approach for Online Tracking
Chapter 10
John Ayoade
The aim of Fixed-Mobile Convergence (FMC) is to provide both fixed-line and mobile telephony services to users through the same handset which could... Sample PDF
From Fixed to Mobile Convergence
Chapter 11
Sarita Pais, Judith Symonds
RFID tags can store more data and can update this data through local processing. This is in contrast to the EPC global standard of data-on-network.... Sample PDF
Handling RFID Data Using a Data-on-Tag Approach
Chapter 12
Maryam Purvis, Toktam Ebadi, Bastin Tony Roy Savarimuthu
The objective of this research is to describe a mechanism to provide an improved library management system using RFID and agent technologies. One of... Sample PDF
An Agent-Based Library Management System Using RFID Technology
Chapter 13
Tommaso Di Noia, Eugenio Di Sciascio, Francesco Maria Donini, Michele Ruta, Floriano Scioscia, Eufemia Tinelli
We propose a novel object discovery framework integrating the application layer of Bluetooth and RFID standards. The approach is motivated and... Sample PDF
Semantic-Based Bluetooth-RFID Interaction for Advanced Resource Discovery in Pervasive Contexts
Chapter 14
Indranil Bose, Chun Wai Lam
Radio frequency identification (RFID) has generated vast amounts of interest in the supply chain, logistics, and the manufacturing area. RFID can be... Sample PDF
Facing the Challenges of RFID Data Management
Chapter 15
Masoud Mohammadian, Ric Jentzsch
The cost of health care continues to be a world wide issue. Research continues into ways and how the utilization of evolving technologies can be... Sample PDF
A Mobile Computing Framework for Passive RFID Detection System in Healthcare
Chapter 16
Masoud Mohammadian, Ric Jentzsch
When dealing with human lives, the need to utilize and apply the latest technology to help in saving and maintaining patients’ lives is quite... Sample PDF
Intelligent Agents Framework for RFID Hospitals
Chapter 17
David Wyld
We are in the midst of what may become one of the true technological transformations of our time. RFID (radio frequency identification) is by no... Sample PDF
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Technology
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