Definition of smart tag in US English:

smart tag


  • An electronic tag with an embedded RFID device, attached to an object for the purposes of tracking or storing data relating to its use.

    • ‘Twenty years after barcodes took over, the smart tag is on the edge of a far more pervasive revolution.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Stock in the store has been equipped with radio frequency identification (RFID) or 'smart tags' - microchips containing information about the products.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Smart tags are also being affixed to refrigerated containers to make sure that food is stored at the right temperature.’
    • ‘The Smart Tag is already widely used by the British Army and many emergency services in this country.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In June, the retailer asked its top 100 suppliers to start using smart tags by 2005.’
    • ‘Smart tags, by comparison, must be separately affixed, at this point, with some type of adhesive.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There is a revolution in supply chain management in the private sector: smart tags, real-time links from inventory to production and anticipatory restocking.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The use of RFID (radio frequency identification), also called "smart tags", is on the rise in the retail industry.’
    • ‘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.’