Thursday 27th Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

Scottish SMEs well placed to adopt RFID

Scotland’s Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) systems developers are poised to reap an escalating number of cross-sectoral business opportunities as small to medium size enterprises (SMEs) become increasingly aware of the inevitable widespread adoption of this technology.

Wireless Innovation is leading a drive to help connect Scottish RFID developers with commercial opportunities in a bid to take an early share of the multibillion pound global RFID market. The Scotland-wide resource provides business development support to businesses both developing and considering the benefits of implementing RFID systems, and is creating networks for specific solutions providers to interact with the key sectors they are targeting.

Ian Downie, business manager at Wireless Innovation, outlined their thinking at an RFID seminar hosted at Hillington Park Innovation Centre: “Many Scottish companies have heard the hype and have expressed concerns about how RFID will impact their businesses – given the mandates being laid down by suppliers and customers to adopt the technology. Scotland’s RFID developer community is well placed to meet the specific needs of individual sectors and deliver proven and powerful solutions that work.”

Advances in RFID are most evident in sectors where the tagging of products at source enables management of the supply chain including distribution centres, healthcare, food and retail, and airport freight. Glasgow-based Spartan Solutions and Arnlea Systems, of Aberdeen, are bringing cutting-edge RFID solutions to both a local and global client base.

Spartan Solutions is piloting a project with a multinational company, while Arnlea has delivered its two hundredth RFID-enabled project to Nautronix, which provides wireless ‘through water’ communications technology solutions to the