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NXP, Siemens team up on RFID pharma system

Posted: 13 Jul 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:RFID pharmaceutical? RFID supply chain? efficient RFID system?

In an effort to improve efficiency of pharmaceutical industry from manufacture to retail, NXP and Siemens are collaborating on an RFID-based supply chain pharmaceutical project. Using NXP's Application and System Center (ASC, formerly known as RFID Reference Design Center), a facility that provides real-life conditions for evaluating and optimizing RFID applications, the Siemens IT Solutions & Services team created a customized RFID system to ensure a high read accuracy throughout the supply chain.

The project focuses on creating a system based on NXP's ICODE high frequency (HF) RFID technology incorporated into the labels of pharmaceutical products. The whole system is configured to already comply with the latest edition of the HF Gen2 standard, which is currently under final review by EPCglobal. The aim of the installation is to accurately bulk read several hundreds of labeled packages quickly, allowing the manufacturer to keep a thorough stock inventory at all points along the supply chain. The ASC enabled the Siemens IT Solutions and Services team to achieve industry benchmark HF read accuracy results. This was accomplished through the use of an advanced high speed anti-collision concept and the optimization of the entire system.

"We selected NXP as the chip supplier for our RFID pharmaceutical project," said Matthias Bruckschen, principal consultant at SCM/RFID, Siemens IT Solutions and Services.

Based near Graz, Austria, the ASC was created with the aim of driving the adoption of RFID technology. NXP's team of engineers based at the ASC can help systems engineers tackle common problems and support the development of RFID projects. In addition, the facility can be used to build and test full scale supply-chain scenarios to evaluate the robustness of an RFID-based system, enabling the development of a business-ready solution and reducing development time.





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