Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Siemens Applies RFID to TV Receivers

Siemens Business Services is using RFID to optimize the global delivery chain of TV receivers for Premiere, a broadcaster in Germany and Austria. The receiver required for program reception will be fitted with an RFID chip enabling its entire delivery route to be tracked - from production in Asia right through to delivery at the customer's front door.

In the past, reception of the encrypted program was ensured by means of a barcode fitted to the rear of the TV set. With this system, manual scanning of this barcode when televisions were delivered or returned and inventorying in the main warehouse were time-consuming and laborious.

In the future, RFID readers will be able to identify pallets with as many as 80 devices automatically and in seconds as they pass by.

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