For smaller companies that cannot afford to invest in a full RFID implementation, IBM has developed the Express RFID Slap and Ship system. This cuts the cost of tagging devices.
The Express product allows customers to print off a bar-code label with an RFID chip on the back, which can then be stuck to cargo by hand.
Operators can scan the barcodes using a handheld reader, manually key them into an Intel-based PC or select them from a preloaded file.
The cargo with the RFID tag and barcode attached can be then be tracked by passing through devices such as the 'RFID conveyer solution'. This technology could be deployed in airports and warehouses.
About Andrew Donoghue
"If I'd written all the truth I knew for the past ten years, about 600 people - including me - would be rotting in prison cells from Rio to Seattle today. Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism."
Hunter S. Thompson
Andrew Donoghue is a freelance technology and business journalist with over ten years on leading titles such as Computing, SC Magazine, BusinessGreen and ZDNet.co.uk.
Specialising in sustainable IT and technology in the developing world, he has reported and volunteered on African aid projects, as well as working with charitable organisations such as the UN Foundation and Computer Aid.
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