SEAFOODplus and InnovaRFID joint workshop

November 20 - 21, 2006 in Trondheim, Norway

General information

SEAFOODplus is a large EU integrated research project, with the overall objective defined as:

To reduce health problems and to increase well-being among European consumers by applying the benefits obtained through consumption of health promoting and safe seafood products of high eating quality.

This includes integrating the information flow from primary producer to the other links in the chain by using new technologies regarding global batch identification, data capture, storage and transmission. Among the research partners in this task are SINTEF, DIFRES (The Danish Institute for Fisheries Research), NIFA (Norwegian Institute of Fisheries and Aquaculture) and AZTI (Technological Institute for Marine and Food Research, Spain).

InnovaRFID is partly financed by the Norwegian Research Council with Gilde Norsk Kjøtt (a major Norwegian meat producer) as the contract partner and SINTEF as the research partner. The main project objective is defined as: Develop innovative processes and solutions for operations and documentation by testing and implementing new wireless technologies for identification, data capture, sensors and location systems in a demanding industrial environment.

As the seafood and meat sectors have common fields of interests in this area, participants were gathered from the two projects and other invited parties for a workshop with the main objective of exchanging experiences and share ideas on future applications. The discussions at the workshop are being used as input for planning further activities in the two projects.


The results of the workshop are available in the Workshop Summary.


Workshop programme

Monday November 20, 2006

Session 1: RFID technology status and experiences with testing and implementations
The RFID technology is maturing and standardization work is well underway. Some work still remains in verifying readability in challenging applications (e.g. fish). Emerging pilot projects are giving valuable experience.

1230-1300: Registration
1300-1400: Lunch
1400-1410: Welcome: Jostein Storøy, SINTEF
1410-1440: Background and technology status: Gunnar Senneset, SINTEF
1440-1520: Gilde Norsk Kjøtt case: Egil Sørflaten, Gilde Norsk Kjøtt
1520-1550: Coffee
1550-1630: Pack & Sea RFID solution: Lars M. Jankowski, Lyngsøe Systems
1630-1710: Traceability experiences using RFID in fresh fish and “porc to ham” sectors in Spain: Begonia Perez Villareal, AZTI
1710- 1750: Cool chain monitoring case: Terry Myers, Infratab
1900: Workshop dinner

Tuesday November 21, 2006

Session 2: What’s next?

As the RFID technology matures, we see new technologies emerging. How can we utilize sensor networks and Real Time Location Systems (RTLS)? Another important issue is how we handle and make use of the vast amounts of information that will be generated through the supply chain.

0930-1000: Coffee
1000-1045: Cold chain integrity - an exiting business case for RFID: Jan M Olsson, TraceTracker Innovation ASA
1045-1130: Current and future technology and applications for sensor networks: Arne Lie, SINTEF
1130-1230: Lunch
1230-1310: Challenges in storing and retrieving vast amounts of product and process data: Kjell Bratbergsengen, NTNU/IDI
1310-1325: The rise of M2M and its impact on Telcos: Edvin Holsæter, Telenor
1325-1350: How to improve processes and increase product differentiation: Egil Sørflaten, Gilde Norsk Kjøtt
1350-1420: Coffee
1420-1500: Plenary discussion: How do we utilize the technology and all this information? What are the industry application areas in 5 years? Focus areas for SEAFOODplus and InnovaRFID?