One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An electronic tag with an embedded RFID device, attached to an object for the purposes of tracking or storing data relating to its use.
- ‘In June, the retailer asked its top 100 suppliers to start using smart tags by 2005.’
- ‘RFID uses low-powered radio transmitters to read data stored in smart tags embedded with tiny chips and antennas.’
- ‘If this sounds rather far-fetched - a combination of 1984 and Minority Report - then let me tell you about a new generation of "smart tags" that is about to hit the British high street.’
- ‘And unlike barcodes, which merely identify a product line, smart tags are specific to an individual item such as a can of Coke, and can convey detailed information about its manufacturing history and sell-by date.’
- ‘Stock in the store has been equipped with radio frequency identification (RFID) or 'smart tags' - microchips containing information about the products.’
- ‘On Oct. 2, the Defense Dept. told its 43,000 suppliers that by 2005 it will require them to use radio frequency IDs, or "smart tags," which are the successor to bar codes.’
- ‘Each will have a different impact - from smart tags that will allow products to be tracked through the distribution network to bio-simulation software that is speeding the path of safer, more effective new drugs to pharmacy shelves.’
- ‘If smart tags are operating solely as part of a trust relationship between customer and supplier, then that's largely up to the pair of them.’
- ‘There is a revolution in supply chain management in the private sector: smart tags, real-time links from inventory to production and anticipatory restocking.’
- ‘Smart tags are also being affixed to refrigerated containers to make sure that food is stored at the right temperature.’
- ‘The promise of smart tags is that they could serve as an advanced version of the omnipresent UPC bar code, providing information about not just what a product is, but also where it is, where it has been, and how it has been handled.’
- ‘Twenty years after barcodes took over, the smart tag is on the edge of a far more pervasive revolution.’
- ‘A smart-tag reader in a warehouse, truck, or store can "query" all of the smart tags in its vicinity, taking inventory without human help.’
- ‘The technology relies on "smart tags" being fitted to individual items, from cereals to CDs, as a cost-effective way of monitoring product lines and automating the reordering process.’
- ‘For example, the UPS smart tag will let users click on a package's tracking number found in an e-mail or document and link to information on the parcel's whereabouts.’
- ‘The battery-operated smart tags rely on cellphone technology to send information back to MIT computers, allowing researchers - and the public - to monitor the trash in real-time as it moves through the waste stream to its final destination.’
- ‘The use of RFID (radio frequency identification), also called "smart tags", is on the rise in the retail industry.’
- ‘Smart tags, by comparison, must be separately affixed, at this point, with some type of adhesive.’
- ‘The Smart Tag is already widely used by the British Army and many emergency services in this country.’
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