So, What are the Differences Between Active RFID and ISO Class 3 BAP?

Adoption of passive RFID has been accelerating and most people seem to have a sense of what it can be used for such as low cost item track (e.g. apparel). But, with the introduction of the ISO/IEC 18000-6:2010 standard for battery-assisted passive RFID, there’s still a fair amount of confusion about the differences between BAP and Active RFID.  I’d like to draw your attention to a new white paper on the topic that succinctly examines 9 key differentiators between BAP and Active RFID.  This brief white paper which discusses the performance, operation, flexibility and cost of each approach and how XC3 Technology can immediately benefit your supply chain operations.

9 Key Points of Differentiation White Paper

I’d love to hear your comments and thoughts on this topic!

I hope you enjoy the white paper.

Kevin Payne

Senior Director of Marketing

The Hartford and Intelleflex: Avoiding Loss is the Biggest Win

The cost associated with produce waste in the cold supply chain is enormous – $35 billion annually is a commonly cited number. Often those losses are underwritten by insurance carriers.  To help reduce this waste, Intelleflex has partnered with the The Hartford Financial Services Group (through its Hartford Ventures division).  The Hartford’s vision is one of finding ways to help their customers to reduce loss before it happens. Not only does this save money, it saves time, paperwork and, ultimately, improves post harvest yield and revenues for growers, packers, distributors and retailers.  Avoiding loss is the biggest win for the customer.

The Hartford has consistently been a leader in providing customers with loss control and risk reduction services. 93% of clients say The Hartford’s Loss Control services make a difference in their business.

For years people have been trying to eliminate all of the challenges associated with temperature control in the cold chain.  With Intelleflex, growers, packers and shippers can capture and utilize actionable data about the remaining shelf life of their products as they move through the supply chain. They can then optimize the distribution of products based on an individual pallet’s remaining shelf life expectancy, determined by pallet level condition monitoring.

For example, if an individual pallet is determined to have only 8 days of shelf life remaining, it can be immediately routed to a nearby destination and a pallet with 12 days of shelf life can be sent to a further destination.  In that way, all of the product is still salable when it reaches the retailer.

The data captured by the Intelleflex temperature monitoring solution also enables The Hartford to innovate within the marine insurance market, which includes ground, air and sea transportation. Working with its customers, The Hartford can use the information gleaned to gain a deeper understanding of the cold supply chain, which may result in opportunities to tailor offerings or underwrite policies based on data trends.

It’s exciting when two companies share a vision that can provide widespread benefits to their customers.  You can read more about this partnership on the corporate alliances page on our website.

Kevin Payne

Senior Director of Marketing

Supply Chain Digest: 7 Reasons why RFID will dominate the Supply Chain


More easily tracking goods in motion is another benefit of RFID

Supply Chain Digest is bullish on RFID.  In a July 27th article titled The Seven Reasons RFID will Eventually Win in the Supply Chain, states that they believe RFID will dominate over bar codes and other auto-ID technologies.  Interestingly, they don’t think this will be due to apparel-related applications that were once thought to be RFID’s nirvana but rather due to these seven advantages:

  1. Basic technical advantages of RFID over barcodes.
  2. Decreasing price points that will enable new applications.
  3. The desire to eliminate the manual scanning required with barcodes.
  4. Automated (RFID) processes will create competitive advantage and draw others into adoption.
  5. Increased regulatory requirements, especially relative to food and pharmaceuticals.
  6. The need to track lineage, chain of custody and inventory status at higher levels.
  7. The increasing use of RFID in smart phones and payment systems.

The article includes a handy chart that compares bar codes and RFID.  The challenge with this chart is that it only compares active and passive RFID against barcodes.  It doesn’t include battery assisted passive RFID.  This is troublesome as battery assisted solutions can more rapidly – and positively – address some of the reasons the article cites for improving adoption including lower costs, an improved ability to track chain-of-custody and creating competitive advantage.  Still, the article makes several valid points and is well worth the read.


Kevin Payne

Senior Director of Marketing