An interesting spin on the way companies are using RFID technology. The Consorzio del Prosciutto di San Daniele, a consortium of ham producers based in the northeastern Italian city of San Daniele del Friuli, have started using RFID chips to track the production of prosciutto and verify its authenticity. RFID Journal reports:

The main reason the consortium hired consultants to design and test the RFID system was to create a method for verifying a ham’s authenticity. The group, however, also sought a way to increase its ongoing efforts to ensure that producers comply with health and hygiene standards. Toward this goal, the consortium eventually hopes to use RFID to track the entire production process, from the time pigs arrive at the slaughterhouse until the prosciutto is sent to warehouses and retail stores. The group plans to expand tests of the passive RFID system over the next 12 months, eventually requiring its members to adopt the technology.

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