AIM, the industry association and worldwide authority on barcode, RFID, RTLS and mobile computing, has selected HID Global of Austin, Texas as the winner of the 2014 RFID Case Study Competition. This award, given annually by AIM, recognizes those who have developed and delivered compelling solutions that contribute to the growth and advancement of radio frequency identification (RFID) through innovation and technologies which provide benefits that decrease risk, increase the demand and accelerate the adoption of RFID.
The challenge faced by Bodega Norton Winery, one of Argentina’s leading vintners with a history that spans more than a century producing internationally acclaimed wines, was to automate the vineyard’s harvest tracking and payment system without fundamentally changing the underlying grape-gathering process, which depends on hand picking to ensure the best possible wine. A decades-old manual payment tracking system was cumbersome for management and employees, alike. Harvesters collected physical chips for each bin they filled, redeeming them at the end of each work week to be paid their wages. Chips were often lost, and the task of collecting, counting and processing them was a difficult and error-prone paper-based process.
HID Global in partnership with system integrator Fundación Ada Byron (FAB), introduced 21st century expertise with a solution that provided each harvester an armband equipped with a unique HID Global contactless card, tagged grape collection bins with HID Epoxy Disc tags and outfitted vineyard supervisors with NFC-enabled smartphones. The system enabled vineyard supervisors to simply place their smartphone next to the harvester’s armband triggering an audible beep that assures both the harvester and supervisor that the collection bin has been counted and credited to the appropriate harvester.
The immediate increase in efficiency and its impact was significant. What for decades required a full day to collect chips and pay workers is gone. Today, Bodega Norton harvesters and supervisors devote that day to gathering grapes and the winery also discovered another advantage – the new system generates more detailed, real-time information that can be used to guide better management decisions!
“That HID Global not only introduced cutting edge RFID technology to change what was truly an old-world process at Bodega Norton, but through those efforts it made a major positive impact for both labor and management, alike, is just one of the reasons this project stood out among the many outstanding submissions we received for this competition,” said Mary Lou Bosco, COO of AIM, Inc. “We congratulate the entire HID Global team for their success.”
To access complete details about HID Global’s winning submission, download the entire case study at AIM’s website or view the project video.