Formulating RFID standards will bring "three wins"
The food and food traceability industries are both relatively weak and emerging application areas of RFID technology. The lack of technical standards has become a huge obstacle that currently hinders the promotion of RFID food traceability systems in China. However, in the context of increasing food safety concerns, as RFID technology provides a way to achieve food traceability, and as more and more RFID companies start to participate in this industry, RFID standards for the food industry are on the horizon.
Developing RFID standards brings "three wins"
The main purpose of RFID technology standardization is to solve the problems of coding, communication, air interface, and data sharing through the formulation, release, and implementation of standards to maximize the application and implementation of RFID technology and related systems. Lin Meifang, senior research director of SGS's corporate research and development department, believes that without a standardized RFID system, traceability and monitoring of the supply chain would not be possible.
Qian Heng, member of the International Organization for Standardization ISO / IECJTC1 / SC31 (Automatic Barcode Identification Technical Committee) and vice president of Shandong Province Standardization Institute, told the China Electronics News that for the food industry, the establishment of RFID standards will enhance the food industry The effect of the informatization level is obvious. In addition, it has important practical significance for promoting the standardized, standardized, and intensive development of the food industry, promoting the integration of resources in the food industry and the RFID industry, and industrial concentration.
"On the one hand, companies in the food industry contribute to the implementation of this standard, on the other hand, they will also enjoy the convenience brought by this standard." Said Li Yibin, an engineer at the RFID Center of the Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
In his view, the establishment of RFID technology standards in the food industry will have a "three wins" effect. For RFID manufacturers, the RFID standard is both a yardstick for action and a huge driving force for their development. It will also bring new development opportunities to these companies. For the country, the establishment of such standards is of great significance to the construction of a food safety credit system, the traceability of food safety guarantees, the prediction and management of food safety crises, and the fight against biological terrorism. For consumers, the introduction of RFID standards can not only ensure peace of mind, but also can lock down problem nodes as soon as possible in the event of a food safety crisis to ensure timely recovery of losses.
Not only that, in the field of food traceability, RFID technology, as an emerging technology carrier and data interface, can also quickly and effectively promote the formation of China's food Internet of Things.
According to Qian Heng, the National Food Traceability Technical Sub-Committee has initially formulated the framework of China's food traceability standard system, which is divided into a general layer, a basic layer and a special layer. However, he pointed out that although there are a large number of enterprises in the food industry in China, most of them are small in scale and lack the backbone enterprises that specifically apply RFID technology and food traceability management models. The lack of independent research and development and innovation capabilities, and the temporarily intensive scale application advantages have all become the bottleneck of RFID standardization in China's food industry.
Qian Heng said that the lack of RFID standards makes food companies have no standards to rely on when experimenting with RFID technology. The inconsistency of RFID standards can easily lead to incompatible RFID interfaces between enterprises, resulting in a "three disadvantages" situation, which is not good for food The application and promotion of RFID technology in the traceability field is not conducive to the large-scale development and field expansion of RFID technology manufacturers, and it is not conducive to the rapid formation of the food Internet of Things.