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Radio Frequency Identification: The Future is Now!

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Air Force Tinker AFB United States

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The Department of Defense mandated that active and passive tags are required to Provide near-real-time visibility of certain classes of supplies and material in transit. Provide information as to the content and data included in the container. Provide nonintrusive identification. Enhance item visibility. The goal is to make the supply chain visibility fully automated, thereby reducing both human error and manhours required to deliver the right materials to the right user at the right time. Active tags will be used for large freight containers for visibility during transit. Once the container has reached the theater of operation, it will be unpacked. The items inside of the large shipment will contain passive tags to facilitate automated receiving and distribution.Currently, active RFID tags are applied by DoD personnel only to large consolidated shipments that are moving from the continental United States to areas outside of the continental United States. If the volume exceeds DoD capabilities, the suppliers will be provided tags to attach to their shipments.

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