ADT Security Services has developed a radiofrequency identification (RFID) system aimed at providing manufacturers with an upgradeable solution for meeting the implementation goals set by Wal-Mart and other leading retailers.
The pharmaceutical industry is the first to have been affected by the Wal-Mart initiative, as the retailer has insisted that suppliers of schedule II pharmaceuticals - those open to abuse - use RFID to track supplies and prevent diversion. The deadline for this requirement came earlier this month, a full six months ahead of the retailer's other suppliers, which need to comply by January 2005.
The Sensormatic SensorID RFID Launch package includes readers, antennas, software and tags as well as product training and services, including a site survey, on-site installation and technical support. The Launch package is based upon version 1.0 EPC Global Standards.
In the pharmaceuticals sector, RFID is attracting considerable attention as a means of tracking inventory and guarding against diversion and counterfeiting, as well as tracking the integrity of the cold chain and potentially even ensuring that patients receive the correct medication.
"ADT 's Sensormatic RFID solutions portfolio provides customers with leading technology from Tyco Fire & Security coupled with the strength and depth of ADT 's strong sales and service presence throughout the US," said Randy Dunn, ADT's director of RFID sales and marketing. "This combination gives ADT stability and strength unmatched by others in the industry."
The company claims the Sensormatic RFID Launch package is a scaleable solution that includes all necessary hardware, software and services that manufacturers will need for a cost effective solution to meet RFID compliance deadlines for placing RFID tags on cases and pallets.
"This integrated package simplifies the RFID implementation process for manufacturers," said Dunn. "The RFID Launch package provides everything a manufacturer needs to undertake an RFID programme now and has the ability to be upgraded in the future, preserving today's investment."