A new low-cost solution for automatic item identification or inventoring in storefronts and warehouses is presented, based on UHF RFID technology. It is intended to replace with clear advantages present day optical bar code systems. The new reading device can be integrated into existing shelves, point readers or conveyors. It enables detection and automatic simultaneous reading of all tagged items within the existing volume of interest without unwanted readings of items placed in adjacent areas.
This innovative solution was developed by Instituto de Telecomunicações at Lisbon in connection with industrial partners Creativesystems and Vicaima, which have presented a commercial version of the product - Surfaceslab® - at Cebit, Hanover 2010
Instituto de Telecomunicações researchers Prof João Barros, from University of Oporto and Prof Rui Aguiar from University of Aveiro have talked about the future of Internet in the ''4x Ciência'' TV Show, conducted by Sandra Inês Cruz and hosted by Prof Pedro Guedes de Oliveira.