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Two Demonstrations in Hong Kong RFID Centre

April, 2009

Apart from logistics and supply chain management applications, many innovative RFID applications have been gaining recognition in the recent years. We will introduce two popular RFID solutions, jewellery and sushi RFID solutions, in this article. If you want to take a closer look on the real demo to see how the solution operates, you could go to the RFID Centre located in Hong Kong Science Park.

Jewellery Solution
Currently, most of the jewelers track their inventory with a manual process which is very time consuming, error-prone and requires human-handling of each jewelry item. With RFID, an entire case of jewellery items could be read in a matter of few seconds with no need for individual scanning. This RFID jewelry system has already gained wide acceptance by local jewelers and manufacturers. RFID inlays could be hid, thus not impacting the appearnace of the high-end jewellery tags. The frequency used for such application is High Frequency (HF).

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Besides, High Frequency jewellery tags with a thickness of 0.6mm can shorten the time of scanning individual items and increase staff productivity by ten to fifteen times. It is easier and more secured for jewelry inventory management. This system could help speed up stock taking and check in/out of items. The jewellery tag could store confidential information such as prices. Quotation time and process could be smoothened.

Sushi Freshness
From the customer’s perspective, food freshness is the highest concern in raw food, especially sushi. Our RFID system can ensure food freshness and Sushi Bars are one of the example. By placing a RFID tag at the bottom of the sushi plate, “overtime” sushi would be identified and taken out automatically from the conveyor belt to keep all sushi in circuit fresh. With RFID tagged sushi plates, people can access product information such as the place of origin, the supplier and manufacture date using RFID readers . Also, hygiene problems could be avoided through better quality control using also the RFID tag and a reader.

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Straight from the the sushi bar, waiters could sum up the patron’s bills immediately by reading all the sushi dishes via a RFID reader which saves time and avoids making calculation mistakes. Also, the restaurant outlet could obtain valuable marketing data like which dishes are most popular, the bar is busiest at what time of the day, how long sushi stayed on the conveyor belt.

At the back end, RFID brings better inventory management as well. For example, sales and net inventory data per day are known. Besides, RFID brings many advantages in food safety. By using RFID, people could keep track of the raw materials ensuring hygine of the food supplied and the freshness of frozen food. In addition, RFID can be applied in Food Supply Chain Management. Better control over the source, storage, picking, packaging and logistics could be achieved. With RFID tagged pallets and carton boxes, the goods in each container is registered and the goods in transit between suppliers and overseas destinations could be monitored at all times.

Hong Kong RFID Centre (SCIC)
In fact, our RFID jewelry and sushi solutions were displayed and introduced in the Hong Kong RFID Centre established in October 2008 and co-hosted by the Innovation and Technology Commission of the HKSAR Government, Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) and GS1 Hong Kong. The Hong Kong RFID Centre is located on the first floor of Lakeside 1, Hong Kong Science Park (HKSP).The displays highlights how RFID technology has contributed to improving modern lifestyles encompassing logistics and library services etc.

To know more about Hong Kong RFID Centre and to make appointment for visits, please go to the cnetre’s website or contact us.
http://www.scic.org/

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