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Track and trace for the global supply chain using RFID

Steve Hodges

Microsoft Research, Cambridge

Despite being a fifty year old technology, over the last few years radio frequency identification (RFID) has received a huge amount of renewed interest. This has largely been as a result of a university-led initiative to advance the technology to a point where it can be used in the supply chain to monitor the movement of goods. There is a lot at stake here - companies who operate global supply chains lose an awful lot of money every year essentially because they don't know exactly where their products are. As a result, they are prepared to spend a significant amount of money deploying a tracking technology such as RFID - as long as the performance and cost is right.

In this talk I will first present the vision of an RFID-enabled world and the reason why this vision is so appealing to global supply-chain operators such as Gillette and Wal-Mart. I will then run through the technological solution that has been developed through a collaborative effort between six universities and over 100 companies. During the course of the presentation I hope to give a flavour of the many issues surrounding the development and deployment of the technology.

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