The Value of RF Based Information
Today we see a rapid shift of traditional supply chains towards internetdriven supply networks. Radio frequency (RF) based technologies such as RFID and RF based sensors will support this change by combining the physical and virtual world.While the cost for RF infrastructure faces a substantial decrease, the cost of providing and updating product and supply chain relevant data will increase as a consequence of the growing need for information. In many cases the positive contribution of RF based information to this dynamic change will be hindered because of doubtful return on investment (ROI) in internet-driven supply networks. Based on three scenarios, the paper will show a new concept of billable RF based information, which may be integrated into the concept of the “Internet-of-Things” as it is known today.
KeywordsSupply Chain Radio Frequency Electronic Data Interchange Billing System Electronic Product Code
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