RFID In The Supply Chain Is Stalled: An Analysis
Editor's Note: Our popular guest blogger, Chris Kapsambelis, is back with another opinion piece. He asserts that RFID in the supply chain has stalled, and that little or no advantage exists for RFID when compared to the venerable workhorse, the barcode.
By Chris Kapsambelis
After reading Anita Campbell's article "Wal-Mart Extending RFID Mandate But Can Its Website Handle It," I began to wonder why the effort to use RFID in the supply chain appears to be stalled. In the hope of providing some relief to Anita's boredom with Wal-Mart, what follows is my analysis of the current status of RFID in the Supply Chain.
In 2003, the MIT AutoID Center produced their vision of RFID as a replacement for barcode in the supply chain. Their concept emphasized that unlike barcode, RFID did not require "Line-of-Sight." As a result, full automation would be possible through the use of RFID Shelf Readers, and Portal Readers. Portal Readers were to read, at the item level, everything that was shipped and received at every facility (factory, warehouse, or back room). Shelf Readers were to be deployed at shelves for the purpose of reading items at sale or storage locations. The marriage between RFID and the serialized Electronic Product Code (EPC) eliminated the need for laborious inventory counts since RFID readers could produce these counts automatically. This was a vision of a computerized hands-free supply chain. People were expected to perform their functions completely unaware that computers using RFID sensors would keep track of everything. It was "The Internet of Things."
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編者按: 我們的知名專欄作家, Chris Kapsambelis; 再次提出一項論點. 他再次確認無線射頻辨識系統在供應鏈的應用受挫, 而且無線射頻辨識系統和傳統條碼系以較起來其實只有一點點或甚至完全沒有優勢.
作者 Chris Kapsambelis
在拜讀Anita Campbell寫的”渥瑪擴展無線射頻辨識系統的應用但是他的網站可以管理嗎?”的文章, 我開始懷疑為甚麼在供應鏈使用無線射頻辨識系統會受挫.為了希望替Anita在渥瑪困境裡提供一點出路, 以下是我對無線射頻辨識系統在供應鏈應用目前狀況的分析.
在2003年, MIT(麻省理工學院?)自動辨識系統中心研製出他們自己的無線射頻辨識系統用來在供應鏈中取代條碼系統. 他們的概念專注在, 和條碼系統不同的是; 無線射頻辨識系統不是靠”線條辨識”. 因此, 經由使用無線射頻辨識系統的架位讀取機, 閘口讀取機就可以完全自動化. 閘口讀取機是用來, 以各項貨品為等級; 在所有設施點(工廠倉庫,或是儲藏室)所有出貨或是進料的資料讀取. 架位讀取機是用在貨架間於銷售或儲存地點讀取交易項目的目的. 結合無線射頻辨識系統和系列化電子產品碼可以去除人工清點庫存的需要因為無線射頻辨識系統的讀取機可以自動產生這些清點結果. 這是電腦化無人供應鍊系統的願景.人們被期望去完全伴演其應有的功能完全未能意識到電腦使用無線射頻辨識系統的感應器可以監控所有事情. 這是”網路時代”的來臨.
2007-08-08 10:48:35 補充：
眾所周知的 "Wal-Mart "是美國一家大型連鎖量販店, 在美國還有K-Mart, Sears, Costso...等等, 和台灣的家樂福, 愛買類似. 在此翻成"渥瑪" 先.