HID Global announced its industry and logistics RFID tag solution combined with NFC technology is being used to help the Bodega Norton winery in Argentina refine its harvesting process to improve productivity and employee satisfaction.
The company developed a solution to replace the winery’s tracking system, which was based on the manual distribution and collection of some thousands of aluminum and plastic chips that tracked the amount of grapes picked by harvesters.
With the new solution, each harvester is issued an armband equipped with a HID Global contactless card, grape collection bins are tagged with HID Epoxy Disc tags and vineyard supervisors are outfitted with NFC-enabled smart phones.
The system enables vineyard supervisors to simply place their smart phone next to the harvester’s armband triggering an audible beep that assures both the harvester and supervisor that the collection bin has been counted and credited to the appropriate harvester.
With Bodega Norton’s 150 harvesters and their supervisors now able to devote one additional day each week to gathering grapes, the solution improves productivity and harvesters are also more confident that they are being compensated fairly. They’re also more motivated by knowing their efforts will be properly rewarded.