Chill-On News

What's For Lunch Conference

08-06-2011 16:18

Food integrity is becoming increasingly important; authenticity, origin of food, geographical location (terroir), traceability and security and safety of food production requires new diagnostic tools and implementation of new information systems.

CHILL-ON at FrioTrack

2011-01-04 14:36

CHILL-ON results were presented during a seperate session under the umbrella of the FrioTrack conference in Barcelona on 18th November 2010.

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chip 01RFID stands for Radio Frequency Identification and is an automatic identification method. It relies on storing and remotely retrieving data using devices called RFID chips. These chips can be attached to or incorporated into products, animals or people.

RFIDs are primarily used to identify an item’s location (tracking) and to store batch-related data (e.g. charge no.). These data provide a product’s location, time of receipt and issue, etc. This information can be recorded and then read by a decoder and passed to those requiring the information.

There are two main types of RFID chips: passive and active.

box 01Passive: Passive RFID chips have no internal power supply. These chips are designed to draw power from an incoming signal and to use this power to transmit a response. The lack of integrated power means that these RFID chips can be as small as 0.15 mm x 0.15 mm and thinner than a sheet of paper. They are inexpensive to produce and are likely to be found on packaging in the near future.

Active: Active RFID chips have their own internal power supply to power the outgoing signal. These chips are considered to be more reliable than passive chips, and they are able to transmit a more powerful signal because of their internal power source. Today they are broadly implemented in logistics, in particular for tracking cargo during transport and storage. They have a very robust design to protect them against external, in particular mechanical, damage.

The aim of CHILL-ON is to couple RFID technology with Time-Temperature-Indicators (TTIs) to develop a new generation of so-called “eChillOn Smart Labels”

The information stored in the eChillOn Smart Labels not only allows the tracking (what, when and where) but also the tracing (what, when, where and in which condition) of a product. Both methods are essential to ensuring a safe cold chain.

All the information recorded by the eChillOn Smart Labels is fed into a complex database system called “TRACECHILL”, where it is further processed.