Agility Systems, which is part of Chelford Group PLC, has launched a brand new subsidiary company to help businesses take advantage of emerging RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology.

RFID Solution Centre Ltd has been established to develop the potential of Agility Systems RFID consultancy services and integration software. It will provide customers with a single source for all of their RFID requirements.

Based at Lingfield Point Business Park in Darlington, RFID Solution Centre will be headed by Agilitys current managing director, Kevin McDaid. It is likely to create a number of jobs over the next few years.

Over the last few years, Agility has developed significant capability in RFID data capture systems and applications, particularly in the field of asset tracking and supply chain execution. RFID Solution Centre will draw on this expertise to commission an advanced RFID capability study, which will determine which companies can benefit from the technology.

RFID experts will then visit the relevant companies, carry out an in-depth analysis of their existing practices and help them to apply the technology to their business models.

RFID Solution Centre has already formed a number of strategic alliances with companies such as OAT Systems, Intermec and GeoPost. Intermec, which has over 30 years experience of developing revolutionary technologies, has been chosen as the companys preferred RFID partner.

RFID reader-generated data can be converted into valuable, actionable information that could deliver a significant return on investment by capturing and analysing huge volumes of data. This data can improve product availability, highlight problem areas in the supply chain, reduce theft and counterfeiting, streamline logistics efficiency, and increase the accuracy of inventory and business forecasting.

Kevin McDaid, managing director of RFID Solution Centre, says: Research has shown that the market is demanding a single point of reference for all RFID requirements. Our aim is to help end users to unlock the potential of this technology and gain significant returns on their investments.

Investing in both technology and applications for the supply chain will offer many opportunities in a niche market that is yet to be fully exploited.

Simon Storey, business development director, adds: RFID is a growing technology that can benefit a number of supply chain companies in sectors such as food, drink, transport and logistics. We will offer a range of software tools and our pragmatic approach will help companies to tailor the technology specifically to their business needs.

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