Reference #: ITRI-WP116-0808 Date: August 2, 2008

The Promise of RFID-based Sensors in the Perishables Supply Chain


The success of today’s highly volatile perishables supply chains depends on the level and the timeliness of product visibility. Visibility should provide answers to the questions of `where is my product’ and `what is the condition of my product’. The foundation for such visibility should be an effective and efficient information system enhanced with RFID technology. Already, several companies have begun experimenting with RFID for perishables see sidebar: Experimenting with RFID for Perishables. In this paper, we specifically explore the use of RFID-enabled sensors and examine some sample applications of these sensors in monitoring the condition of perishable products in the supply chain.