Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Technologies for Locating Warehouse Resources: A Conceptual Framework

Konferenz: Smart SysTech 2012 - European Conference on Smart Objects, Systems and Technologies
12.06.2012 - 13.06.2012 in Osnabrück, Deutschland

Tagungsband: Smart SysTech 2012

Seiten: 20Sprache: EnglischTyp: PDF

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Hassan, Mayadah (PhD Student, Brunel Business School, Brunel University, London, United Kingdom)
Ali, Maged; Aktas, Emel (Brunel Business School, Brunel University, London, United Kingdom)

In the supply chain, a warehouse is a crucial component for linking all chain parties. It is necessary to track the real time resource location and status to support warehouse operations effectively. Therefore, RFID technology has been adopted to facilitate the collection and sharing of data in a warehouse environment. However, an essential decision should be made on the type of RFID tags the warehouse managers should adopt, because it is very important to implement RFID tags that work in warehouse environment. As a result, the warehouse resources will be easily tracked and accurately located which will improve the visibility of warehouse operations, enhance the productivity and reduce the operation costs of the warehouse. Therefore, it is crucial to evaluate the reading performance of all types of RFID tags in a warehouse environment in order to choose the most appropriate RFID tags which will enhance the operational efficiency of a warehouse. Reading performance of active and passive RFID tags have been evaluated before while, semi-passive RFID tag, which is battery-assisted with greater sensitivity than passive tags and cheaper than active tags, has not been examined yet in a warehouse environment. This research is in- progress research and it seeks to (i) provide a general overview of the existing real-time data management techniques in tracking warehouse resources location, (ii) provide an overall conceptual framework that can help warehouse managers to choose the best RFID technologies for a warehouse environment, (iii) Finally, the paper submits an experiment design for evaluating the reading performance of semi-passive RFID tags in a warehouse environment. Keywords: Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), Reading Performance, Locating warehouse Resources