Passive Smart Container

NASA's Johnson Space Center has developed a Passive Smart Container to monitor and track items that are too small to tag individually.
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Description

RFID technology to quantify and track liquids and bulk goods.

NASA’s Johnson Space Center has developed a Passive Smart Container to monitor and track items that are too small to tag individually. Although Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology is being used widely for pallet and box level tracking in the commercial sector, significant technology gaps remain for tracking dense quantities at the item level. This system uses RFID circuits to identify the fill level in a container and could be easily converted for use in industries such as individual health care management, pharmaceutical manufacturing and distribution inventory tracking, and retail and supply chain inventory management. Use of this technology enables the manufacturer, distributor supplier or user to easily manage and control an inventory of small items that are difficult to tag such as bulk grain foods, liquids, pills, mechanical parts (nuts, bolts, and washers) and small electronic components.

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Project Detail
Date:
November 9, 2016
Patent:
2017-28
Category:
Place of Invention:
Johnson Space Center