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RFID IoT -Smart Cold Chain: How IIoT and RFID Save Products from Spoilage

RFID IoT – Such techs as RFID and IIoT help to address cold chain inefficiencies by providing increased visibility into the locations, properties, and conditions of sensitive products.

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Since the supply chain deals with sensitive products, such as food, medicines, and modern nanomaterials, even a minor mistake, be it improper temperature control or higher-than-recommended humidity levels, can lead to product spoilage. In the pharma industry, 20 percent of medicine is damaged due to shattered cold chain processes. Food waste is even worse. According to BCG, in the US alone, 1.6 billion tons of food spoils every year due to cold chain malfunctions.

In this article, we’ll explore how RFID and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technologies can help to address cold chain issues and make cold chains more reliable and transparent.

RFID and IIoT: Their Role and Working Principles

Major cold chain inefficiencies are frequently traced back to enterprises not having enough visibility into the location and condition of their sensitive cargo. RFID and IIoT provide access to data and thus eliminate the root cause of cold chain issues. Here is a closer look into how the technologies work.


Typically, there are three main components in an RFID system: RFID tags, RFID antennas, and RFID readers.

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