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Aim of the RFID from Farm to Fork (RFID-F2F) is to develop a proposal for a project which meets the requirements of the PSP and to demonstrate the use of RFID (for localisation and identification) and mobile WSN (for environmental monitoring) throughout the value chain for perishable foodstuffs (production, processing, transport, retail).

Objectives and scope

• Produce a demonstrator which uses RFID and sensor networks to track food products and the storage / transport conditions from farm to fork (through the entire value chain - production, processing, distribution, retail)

• Technology base established through several FP6 & 7 projects

• Challenge is in business case and systems integration to allow complete coverage (process and geographical) – mix of RFID and WSN looks forward to IoT

• Consortium requires technology providers, end users, logistics, SME organisations, etc

Expected impact advantages of a single sector project

• Impact – the demonstrable impact can be much greater (so long as the sector is right)

• ROI – better business models can be developed with deep research of a single sector

• Feasibility – project resources are not dissipated across multiple goals

• SME engagement – with appropriate selection of sector SME's can be engaged through a small number of sector bodies

• Possible to implement entire value chain

Expected impacts

• Economic impacts

– Increased productivity through reduced wastage

– Opportunities to create markets for premium products (organic, etc) if technology can address authentication, condition monitoring and quality control

• Social impacts

– Potential for new markets for food producers in the regions

– Authentication of origin, process and transport of products

– Increase confidence in origin and quality of foodstuffs

• Environmental impacts

– By including processing, logistics and retail new opportunities are created to increase quality, reduce wastage, reduce energy used for refrigeration, reduce chemical usage for preservatives, etc, etc.