Santa Clara, Calif.-based Intelleflex is entering the fresh produce arena with a tracking system company officials say will bring radio frequency identification capability to the pallet level.

New RFID technology promises pallet-level application

Courtesy Intelleflex

Intelleflex, a provider of technology services to the pharmaceutical and other industries since 2003, introduced its new XC3 technology and handheld and fixed readers Nov. 16, said Tom Reese, the company’s senior director of business development.

The technology will provide tracking capability comparable to existing active RFID technology but at one-fifth to one-third of the cost, Reese said.

That will make it easier for businesses along the fresh produce supply chain to affix RFID tags to individual pallets, Reese said. That capability exists with active RFID, but it’s cost-prohibitive for most companies, he said.

Intelleflex’s XC3 technology is cheaper because it uses less energy than active RFID technology, he said. XC3 tags use a similar amount of energy as passive RFID tags, but they have all the capability of an active RFID tag.

Intelleflex hopes XC3 will help its customers reduce shrink by 50% through closer monitoring of temperature, humidity and other factors that can limit shelf life, Reese said. The technology can also track compliance with the Produce Traceability Initiative, he said.

In addition, XC3 technology, unlike other active RFID technology, is based on general standards and is not proprietary, meaning that other companies can create tags and readers that work with Intelleflex’s tags and readers, Reese said.

The company has successfully trialed its new technology with   Ruthven, Ontario-based Clifford Produce and Honolulu-based Armstrong Produce, Reese said.

This is the second major product rollout from Intelleflex this fall. In October, the company introduced a new RFID temperature monitoring tag at the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit convention in Orlando, Fla.

The tag combines high-sensitivity temperature sensing functionality with ISO standards-based wireless communications.