Raising a Toast to RFID
Enhancing the Wine Experience
Shoppers in a gourmet store in Switzerland can now learn more about the grapes used to make their wines or the foods that fit well with a certain vintage. A store there has introduced an RFID-based shopping assistant that provides wine connoisseurs with additional information and even videos. Shoppers move an RFID tagged bottle close to an information pod and interactive information pops up on the screen.
Restaurants and wine distributors can also use RFID to monitor their stocks of wine, giving sommeliers and managers more time to focus on the customer. Bottles can be tagged with RFID labels or include an RFID tag embedded in the cork. They are kept in so-called "smart" wine racks: Each time a bottle is put in or taken out, the system is updated on the status of the inventory. Combined with temperature sensors, the system could also make sure wine is aging under the best-possible conditions.
In fact, wine producers can even track barrels as wine ages in their cellars. Sometimes barrels are stacked four or five high, making it hard to identify them. With RFID, it's easy since workers don't have to be right next to the barrel for a reader to recognize the unique ID on the barrel’s tag.
In all these ways, RFID can enhance the wine you enjoy.
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