LogicaCMG has unveiled an innovation warehouse to demonstrate real business scenarios for its customers and demystify the world of RFID.
The warehouse, situated at LogicaCMG's facilities in the Sydney suburb of Lane Cove, marks the IT services company's second foray into a customer demonstration centre. It has already established a similar project in the Netherlands.
While RFID has been surrounded by a lot of hype in previous years, the nascent technology is starting to gain traction in the retail space according to recent reports and LogicCMG managing director of industry, distribution and transport, Craig Lennard, believes the time is ripe to excite the industry into action.
"Our innovation warehouse will address challenges of adoption of RFID in Australia and will show off the technology by providing a facility where organisations can bring in their particular production inventory and experiment with it and witness the applicability in a real environment," he said.
Although Lennard said the opening of the warehouse represented a "significant investment" from LogicaCMG, costs for the facility were offset by adapting its existing warehouse to showcase the RFID scenarios. The majority of costs came from fitting pallets, containers and cages, forklifts and doorways with RFID tags and readers.
The warehouse was designed with the intention to not only show off the trims and trappings of RFID technology, but also to replicate real life business scenarios. Currently, the Lane Cove facility can show off a range of RFID implementations including asset accountability, consignment tracking, automatic receipt consignment, and on-the-fly label production.
The LogicaCMG innovation warehouse will also play host to awareness workshops and feasibility studies, Lennard said.
Although he expects the retail sector to adopt RFID technology in the near future, Lennard conceded that the business community in Australia was a little conservative when it came to RFID.
"There hasn't been as much impetus from sectors within the Australian market as in other global regions. We want this initiative to present something more realistic so we can generate interest and move onto feasibility prototype phases," Lennard said.
LogicaCMG said the innovation warehouse was the first of its kind in Australia. It has plans to develop similar capability in Melbourne.
The innovation warehouse was designed with the help of LogicaCMG partners Sybase, Intermec and Alien. It also had input from GS1, the not-for-profit supply chain standards body that covers the Electronic Product Code (EPCglobal) standards that support RFID technology.