News from the RFID Lab

RFID Lab Grand Opening and Open House

RFID lab open house invitation
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If you would like to attend the Grand Opening and Open House Please RSVP by Monday, May 18th at the link below.

Tagged Item Certification

Auburn University's RFID Lab has established the first RFID tagged item certification program to assist retail product manufacturers.

The lab is now issuing certifications for tagged item performance and quality under the new Auburn Tagged Item Certification program. Manufacturers of apparel, cosmetics, grocery items, electronics, jewelry, and other goods can now directly submit their RFID-tagged items to the lab. The lab will issue a certification for their items against basic RFID quality and any and all GS1 TIPP Grades requested by their retail partners.

RFID performance and quality testing has been a staple of the RFID Lab for the last eight years under the ARC program, which pioneered most of the modern testing practices for retail RFID. Auburn's ARC program was recently adapted and published in the GS1 TIPP Item Level Grading System, making the Auburn RFID Lab uniquely qualified to certify retail products using the practices it helped create.

The Auburn RFID Lab has worked with the world's leading retailers, suppliers, and technology providers for more than a decade. The Auburn Lab is the global benchmark for RFID performance, utilized by the majority of RFID-enabled retailers in the United States and the United Kingdom, as well as every major RFID tag manufacturer. This new certification program adds retail item manufacturers to this community, and will help support continued innovation for newer and better ways to utilize RFID in retail. For More Information Click Here

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.