RFID Lab's New Home


Radio frequency identification, or RFID, is the use of a wireless system to transmit data from tags on products to a receiver for the purpose of identifying and tracking the product through the supply chain.

The RFID Lab at Auburn University is a research institute focusing on the business case and technical implementation of RFID and other emerging technologies in retail, supply chain, and manufacturing. The RFID Lab is a unique private/academic partnership between major manufacturers and retailers, technology vendors, standards organizations, and cutting edge faculty and researchers from the Harbert College of Business, Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, College of Human Sciences, College of Agriculture, and researchers from other universities including the University of Arkansas.

The Lab Facility is a 13,000 sq/ft area modeling factory, distribution center, warehouse, and various different retail stores from grocery and convenience formats to mall apparel and high-end fashion boutiques. The center will focus on the quickly changing face of physical retail stores in the modern era of widely available disruptive technology, and will feature future layouts and shopping experiences.

Tours of the new center will be hosted on a daily basis and are open to any interested parties. Tours will include demos of new retail store innovations and prototypes. University classes and student projects as well as executive education and professional training will be hosted and based in the center.