The Internet of Things in Logistics

Conference: RFID Systech 2010 - European Workshop on Smart Objects: Systems, Technologies and Applications
06/15/2010 - 06/16/2010 at Ciudad, Spain

Proceedings: RFID Systech 2010

Pages: 8Language: englishTyp: PDF

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Nettstr├Ąter, Andreas; Nopper, Jan R.; Prasse, Christian; Hompel, Michael ten (Fraunhofer-Institute for Material Flow and Logistic, 44227 Dortmund , Germany)

Typical logistics processes became significantly more complex and dynamic during the last decades. Among other things, this is driven by internationalization of supply chains and global competition, shorter product life-cycles, mass customization, and stricter quality requirements. However, the advent of new technologies may alleviate these challenges; here, RFID technology is particularly promising. This article describes a novel use for RFID in logistics: By storing additional information like routing or necessary processing steps directly on the tag, an 'Internet of Things' is possible. We describe the vision and a possible implementation for the 'Internet of Things in Logistics', evaluate effects of this approach to the efficiency of a material handling system, and describe additional services, which become possible by using RFID in logistics.