The adoption of RFID, BLE, NFC and other IoT technologies has been on the rise as businesses have learned how to survive and thrive during the pandemic. Such solutions are helping companies manage banana farms and boost retail inventory accuracy, as well as celebrate the 50th UAE Nation Day.
Two factors may be driving growth: decreasing tag costs—as low as 10 cents apiece for Wiliot’s battery-harvesting tags—and software with artificial intelligence and machine learning so users can do more with the data they collect.
Australia’s Bartle Frere Bananas is piloting RFID technology to track batches of the fruit as they are harvested and shipped to customers, while Internet of Things sensors track moisture and nitrates to protect the Great Barrier Reef.
With a solution from Haco RFID, the company has reduced the cost of inventory counts, while improving its business processes using GS1 standards.
Those who buy 50th UAE Nation Day commemorative crypto-stamps can access a digital-twin version with the tap of an NFC chip, using the blockchain to buy, trade, sell or authenticate the product digitally.
Avery Dennison’s new tag was designed to be applied to metallic goods, like healthcare supplies or appliances, to be read via a UHF reader in the supply chain or at a store, and as NFC with a smartphone.
By acquiring its fellow technology company, HID anticipates growth into hospitality-related textile-management solutions globally, providing systems for uniforms and linen management, as well as laundry services.
The IW612 supports Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2 and 802.15.4, enabling simultaneous transmitting and receiving for smart-home, automotive and industrial applications, and connecting smart devices across various protocols and ecosystems.
Stores are deploying technology from Sensormatic Solutions and Impinj to identify any products being removed, with alerting and analytics to prevent theft in real time or through merchandising strategies.
For approximately $10 a month, companies can employ Link Labs’ SuperTag Hub to track the conditions and locations of goods moving through and between facilities, or to and from worksites.