In the food sector, there's a systematic need to improve the management of tracking along the production chain to protect consumers against untrue claims on the product.
The SmartxHUB Farm platform is designed for use in farms and greenhouses where plants are grown from seedlings to mature plants, as well as at-large plant warehouses where mature plants are stored and readied for shipment. At greenhouses, each plant, or their container, receives an RFID transponder attached to its base, encoded with a number to uniquely identify the plant or its container.
SmartxHUB Farm RFID-based traceability systems can provide a constant data stream on farm products as they move through the supply chain, from the farm to the compost or recycle bin. Individual plants can be monitored for nutrients and growth rates. Analytics looking forward and back assist in determining the best crops to plant, considering both sustainability and profitability. Agricultural technology can also help farmers hedge against losses and even-out cash flow.
Helps Grow and Track Plants
SmartxHUB Farm has sophisticated technology that not only monitors each plant's health, but also enables growers to perform automated inventory counts and updates on each type of plant. On a daily basis, workers at the farm or greenhouse tend to any ailing plants, applying fertilizer or taking whatever other measures they deem appropriate. Prior to implementing the SmartxHUB Farm System, growers had to manually inspect all seedlings and plants in the greenhouse to find those requiring special care.
RFID as a Service used for Tree Breeding
SmartxHUB Farm platform uses a passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) tag, designed specifically for tracking trees and wooden objects. When a seed is first planted in a biodegradable pot at the company's nursery, it is accompanied by an RFID tag encoded with a unique ID number linked to the date and information about its mother tree. In that way, when the trees are planted, the staff has a record of each sapling's lineage and can thus ensure they do not exclusively plant trees from a single mother tree in one area, which would reduce the forest's diversity and, therefore, the general health of the trees within it. The tags, which comply with the EPC Gen 2 standard, are read using an RFID handheld interrogator or Smartphone, and the data is then transmitted from the handheld to the company's back-end system via a Wi-Fi or Mobile Network connection. That data is saved on ThinkAgro.io's Web-based database in a cloud platform.
Item Intelligence implementations begin with item-level tagging and the incorporation of handheld and/or fixed RAIN RFID gateways or readers.
Each RAIN RFID tag contains a unique serial number that identifies the item, does not require line-of-sight reading, can be read simultaneously, and is updatable in the field. The tag is encoded with a unique identifier that is tied to a database.
A line of sight is not required – tags can be read automatically, even through packaging materials and in transit, whenever moving items or people come within range of a reader. RFID systems greatly streamline inventory and asset tracking, virtually eliminating human error while providing instant, detailed records of the movement of assets.
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