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Accenture is "working on how to embed intelligence in common objects" using "sensor telemetry" — a combination of sensor and RFID technologies that can be used to gather information. Pictured is the control display of a freight tracking system that can manages the movement of railway cars, their whereabouts and the status of their cargo.
"Some companies take ownership of the cargo. If you don't deliver expensive cars on time you lose money, but if it's fish getting old you have a bigger problem," said Robert Hasson, business development leader for communications at Accenture.
Not just a toy for children, these trains have RFID tags in each carriage that send signals to "reading points". A mesh network based on the ZigBee standard handles communications between the wagons so that the cargo can be monitored. Sensors that monitor the status of the cargo can be embedded on the Zigbee board . "If you are transporting sensitive materials, you can monitor the temperature," said Hasson. "Some plastics tend to fuse at a certain temperature, and cannot be melted again. That can be catastrophic," he added.