Traceability of goods by radio systems: proposals, techniques, and applications

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Authors: Inigo Cuinas, Robert Newman, Mira Trebar and Luca Catarinucci
Date: Annual 2013
From: International Journal of Antennas and Propagation
Publisher: Hindawi Limited
Document Type: Article
Length: 839 words

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Years ago, the simple need for goods (food, clothes, tools, and medicines) was the main concern for the majority of people. At that time, the quality of such goods was a minor issue. However, as economic growth provides ever more people with the surplus income to choose and, more importantly, improved communications technology provides information supporting that choice, traceability of these goods became a must. This traceability represents something similar to the identity card of a product: it is the information on what, where, and when anything happens along the production chain. Assuring the traceability sequence and its veracity represents a key factor in the competitiveness of many industries in the developed countries: it is a way to compete against low-cost products with less origin guarantee and processing information.

Traceability processes traditionally involved paper procedures, systematic tasks, and so were tedious and error-prone jobs, requiring manual checking each item of a product and the taking of notes about its production processes. Radio technologies could be a solution to systematize the capture of traceability data, its management, and, importantly, its sharing amongst partners in a value chain. Sensors, wireless networks (WiFi and WiMAX), radiofrequency identification (RFID), near-field communications (NFC), personal area networks (PAN), and so on are only some examples...

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Cuinas, Inigo, et al. "Traceability of goods by radio systems: proposals, techniques, and applications." International Journal of Antennas and Propagation, 2013. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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