Intelleflex launches its RFID monitoring solutions in Europe

Santa Clara, CA, US: Intelleflex, provider of on-demand tracking and monitoring solutions, is marketing its passive RFID (radio frequency identification) product in Europe.

Intelleflex, which set up in 2003, offers RFID based monitoring solutions using a new Class 3, ISO published standard (see below*).

The monitoring tags give users, including shippers and logistics providers, the ability to penetrate the packaging or the pallet and read and record data without opening the package.  The company has had a positive response from perishable food producers and also the pharmaceuticals market, says Kevin Payne, director of marketing, Intelleflex.

“We recently published a case study (available on the web site) on a project we have been working on in Mexico.  One of the things we found is that there is significant difference between container temperature, traditionally used in the industry for monitoring, and the pallet level temperature.  These differences significantly impact the amount of waste that the industry experiences as well as the delivered quality of those products,” he says.

“Working with growers and their logistics providers, we have been able to produce solutions in those markets that address this waste problem.”

How the data is used; produce, such as berries, experience a wide variety of temperature variations from harvest to sorting warehouse that affect the shelf life by as much as 30 to 59% but visual inspection alone cannot determine how to prioritise shipment.  “What we enable them to do with software that works with our system is to print a shelf life index attached to the specific pallet.  It means produce can be routed to suit the shelf life.

“They take the guess work out and ensure retailers receive products with suitable shelf life,” he says.

Margins are small in the fruit growing industry so cutting wastage translates immediately to profit.  “In this case they found that based on reducing wastage using the Intelleflex solution they could pay for the hard ware and software in one growing season,” Payne says.

In the pharmaceutical sector, interest in Intelleflex has come from logistics providers.  Temperature monitoring is already a requirement in this sector.  The Intelleflex solution provides lower costs and, for shippers, provides data to verify transport compliance.

“With our product they can scan the temperature data and provide a documented report that validates that they did their job right with accessing the tag.

It’s the ability to penetrate the packaging or the pallet and read the tag that makes the difference,” says Payne.

 

* The Class 3 standard explained

The ISO Class 3 Standard was developed as a complementary standard to the widely adopted EPCglobal C1G2 standard and, as such, is very similar in its implementation.  The approval of the ISO/IEC 18000-6:2010 Standard in 2010 introduced a new category of RFID technology that provides new levels of visibility, enables new applications and opens new markets for RFID.  The ISO/IEC 18000-6:2010 Standard defined a category of RFID called Battery Assisted Passive (BAP) RFID.  BAP RFID combines the best features of both passive and active RFID.  Building on the successful EPC C1G2 passive RFID Standard’s relatively simple, low power communications protocol, the new BAP Class 3 Standard enables capabilities previously only available with active RFID such as long read ranges in excess of 100 meters, reliable performance in RF challenging environments and support for sensors – but at a far more compelling price point.  Intelleflex XC3 Technology readers and tags are built with support both the ISO Class 3 and EPCglobal C1G2 standards.

Because of BAP RFID’s similar capabilities compared to active RFID, many people are not sure of the differences between the two technologies.  The following points highlight the benefits and points of differentiation that the new ISO/IEC 18000-6:2010 Class 3 technology provides compared to other active tag technologies.

Intelleflex XC3 Technology readers and tags are built upon globally supported international standards using a reader to tag (“reader-to-tags”) communication protocol and frequency range.  Active tags and readers are generally built using proprietary or closed standards that are unique to each vendor.

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