RFID, NFC Technology from HID Global Streamlines Vineyard Logistics


Posted on December 20, 2012 @ 09:50 am



Hand-picking grapes is an age-old practice known to produce the best wine, but also logistics and administrative challenges. HID Global, a subsidiary of ASSA ABLOY, has combined RFID and NFC technologies to streamline these processes giving the Bodega Norton vineyard a further day of production.

The Argentinean vineyard’s outdated, cumbersome tracking system was based on manual distribution and collection of thousands of plastic and aluminum chips. A full day was then dedicated to collecting, collating and processing the chips using a paper-based system.

“We sat down with Bodega Norton and reviewed the entire production process, from vine to bottle, to identify how we could help improve efficiency, accuracy and productivity, while maintaining the highest quality product,” said Guillermo Ibarraran, Latin America sales manager for identification technologies at HID Global.

The solution, developed in partnership with systems integrator Fundación Ada Byron, combines RFID and near-field communication (NFC) technology: each harvester has an armband with a unique contactless HID ISO MIFARE card, grape collection bins are tagged with HID Epoxy Disc tags and vineyard supervisors are outfitted with near field communication (NFC)-enabled smartphones.

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