The Hawaii Department of Agriculture has begun a pilot project that will leverage data from RFID-enabled pallets to monitor and track the food cold chain, reports The Packer.
The first phase of the pilot will test three different distribution centers in the islands. Hand-held scanners will be used to collect data from the pallets’ RFID tags as produce travels from point of origin to its final unload. “Up to 90% of our food comes from somewhere else, either by air freight or ship,” said John Ryan from the state agency’s quality assurance offices.
Asia Pallet Pooling is providing funding and plastic pallets for the pilot project, and Intelleflex Corp. is supplying the battery assisted passive RFID tags, which will be affixed to the pallets
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