Automatic Data Capture April 17, 2012
Intelleflex CMR-6100 RFID reader and Zest Data Services
Real-time data about product temperatures in transit can now be accessed on demand with the Intelleflex CMR-6100, a cellular-enabled, GPS-equipped, multi-protocol RFID reader, and Intelleflex ZEST Data Services, a secure, multi-tenant cloud-based data-collection platform for aggregating permission-based sharing of information.
Intelleflex's solution is ideal for temperature-controlled products like food and pharmaceuticals. When combined with the company's TMT-8500 reusable temperature-monitoring RFID tag, the system provides automated data capture without unpacking or opening the product packaging—down to the individual pallet and carton level within a truck or container. Because the time-stamped location and temperature data are transmitted as SMS messages via a cellular network, system users and their supply chain partners can get real-time updates on location and product condition even in areas that lack network connectivity. There's no need to wait until after a shipment arrives at destination to collect and analyze data, thus allowing users to act quickly to preserve product quality and safety and reduce or eliminate spoilage.
The CMR-6100 requires connecting it to an AC or DC power source, or even a solar power source—useful for tracking food harvesting and processing in remote areas—and attaching RFID antennas. The system also includes support for a separate battery backup. According to the manufacturer, its XC3 battery-assisted passive RFID technology reliably reads and writes at distances of 300 feet or more, as well as in and around difficult environments including pallets, inside containers, and around metals and liquids. Intelleflex also says the new system is the first to fully integrated and support the ISO Class 3 battery-assisted passive and EPCglobal C1G2 passive standards.