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  • Editing Team 11:07 on February 18, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    RFID Parcel Tag Lets You Know If Your Parcel Has Been Treated Properly 

    parcel-delivery-RFID-blogA British invention company called Cambridge Consultants has developed DropTag, a gadget that combines a battery, a low-energy Bluetooth transmitter, an accelerometer and a memory chip. The gadget uses RFID technology and can track your parcels.

    The tag is stuck on a parcel as it leaves an e-commerce warehouse. The idea is that when the courier puts it in your hands, you turn on Bluetooth on a smartphone running a DropTag app and scan it before you sign for it. A readout then shows what’s happened to the parcel in transit, with the option of a graph that shows you if the box has been mistreated – and when. If it has clearly been beaten up, you don’t sign and refuse delivery.

    The $2 tag will run on a coin battery for “many weeks”, the inventors say, and there may be incentives for the parcel deliverer to reuse it after scanning.

    At the moment DropTag is a solution in search of a user. British patents are already filed, but Cambridge Consultants hopes a major delivery chain or e-commerce firm will buy into the tech at the massive Hannover Messe tech fair in Germany in April.

  • Editing Team 14:09 on August 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Panalpina Monitors Cold Chain Network Using RFID Sensors 

    Panalpina-monitors-cold-chain-sensors-RFID-blogThe demand for RFID technology is increasing at a fast pace, especially in the healthcare industry, but not only limited to that. Now, Panalpina has integrated active RFID sensors in a third of its air cargo, since it is temperature sensitive. The company is now using SmartView technology on its cool chain network, and SmartView is also being integrated into the company’s IT platforms for seamless launching.

    The shipments being moved by Panalpina are healthcare shipments for the most part but Panalpina is also responsible for moving pharmaceuticals, chemical pre-products, dangerous and hazardous substances, printing machines and high tech wafers.

    SmartView is an active RFID-based temperature control system from Ambient Systems, an award-winning solution for cool chain optimization. Panalpina uses SmartView in its own controlled freight network. With RFID, temperatures can be recorded over-the-air and continuously monitored in the transit warehouse and while on the road when being transferred from the warehouse to the planes take off location.

    Every 15 minutes, SmartView system will record the temperatures using the RFID sensors, which are attached onto the shipment. Once the plan reached the delivery location, the information is automatically transferred to the central database. The Panalpina routers are typically located in the airport transit warehouses.

    Panalpina is also currently working on a system, which will make temperature monitoring of individual shipments directly accessible to its customers.

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