Title: RFID- and WSN-based intelligent cold chain management

Authors: Myo Min Aung, Fu Wei Liang, Yoon Seok Chang, Charalampos Makatsoris, Juno Chang

Addresses: Ubiquitous Technology Application Research Centre (UTAC), School of Air Transport, Transportation & Logistics, Korea Aerospace University, Goyang, Gyeonggi-Do, 412-791, Republic of Korea. ' Ubiquitous Technology Application Research Centre (UTAC), School of Air Transport, Transportation & Logistics, Korea Aerospace University, Goyang, Gyeonggi-Do, 412-791, Republic of Korea. ' Ubiquitous Technology Application Research Centre (UTAC), School of Air Transport, Transportation & Logistics, Korea Aerospace University, Goyang, Gyeonggi-Do, 412-791, Republic of Korea. ' School of Engineering and Design, The London Institute of Enterprise Performance Sustainability and Systems (LIFEPASS), Brunel University, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 3PH, UK. ' Division of Digital Media Technology, Sangmyung University, Jongno, Seoul, 110-743, Republic of Korea

Abstract: The cold chain management plays a vital role to preserve perishables and deliver them to market in safe and good condition. This paper presents a cold chain management system that is implemented by Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and Wireless Sensor Network (WSN). The important aspects of management in cold chain such as legislations, monitoring, execution, planning and traceability systems are briefly discussed. Furthermore, the specific use of RFID and WSN in cold chain is reviewed, and the integrated management system that enables to achieve traceability, quality assurance and enhance cold chain operations is also proposed. [Received 1 September 2009, Revised 29 April 2010, Accepted 22 October 2010]

Keywords: cold chains; cold chain management; cold chain monitoring; RFID; radio frequency identification; WSN; wireless sensor networks; track and trace; traceability; wireless networks; perishables; perishable goods.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMR.2011.040005

International Journal of Manufacturing Research, 2011 Vol.6 No.2, pp.91 - 109

Available online: 11 May 2011 *

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