IBM teams with Norwegian food giant to develop track-and-trace technology.
Matiq, the IT subsidiary of Nortura, a major Norwegian food supplier, plans to start using radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to track and trace poultry and meat products from the farm, through the supply chain, to supermarket shelves. Matiq and IBM will develop and manage the technology infrastructure needed to enable RFID solutions for the Norwegian food market. Product packaging will be tagged with RFID chips to help ensure that products are kept in optimal conditions throughout the supply chain.
Using this solution, Norwegian suppliers and supermarkets using software that complies with GS1 EPCglobal’s Electronic Product Code Information Services (EPCIS) standard (which allows sharing of RFID data across and between enterprises) will be able to monitor and analyze their entire value chain, increasing efficiency and reducing costs. If it works as planned, the solution will help manufacturers and retailers to become more responsive to changes in consumer buying patterns.