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RFID Technologies for Cold Chain Applications

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Executive Summary

RFID is a promising technology that can provide numerous benefits in temperature monitoring and performance of perishable supply chains. The main limitations are: a relatively high cost; difficulties in calculating a ROI; and reliability and accuracy, which should be further improved for cold chain applications. A temperature-controlled supply chain is very important to ensure that the consumer receives high quality and safe perishable products (e.g. food, vaccines or pharmaceutical products). The use of RFID technologies and similar wireless monitoring systems to achieve these benefits should be further explored.

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