Intelligent products in the supply chain - 10 years on

Duncan McFarlane, Vaggelis Giannikas, Alex C.Y. Wong, Mark Harrison

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Ten years ago the intelligent product model was introduced as a means of motivating a supply chain in which product or orders were central as opposed to the organizations that stored or delivered them. This notion of a physical product influencing its own movement through the supply chain was enabled by the evolution of low cost RFID systems which promised low cost connection between physical goods and networked information environments. In 2002 the notion of product intelligence was regarded as a useful but rather esoteric construct. However, in the intervening ten years there have been a number of technological advances coupled with an increasingly challenged business environment which make the prospects for intelligent product deployment seem more likely. This paper reviews a number of these developments and assesses their impact on the intelligent product approach.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIFAC Proceedings Volumes
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 23 May 2012
Event14th IFAC Symposium on Information Control Problems in Manufacturing, INCOM'12 - Bucharest, Romania
Duration: 23 May 201225 May 2012

Publication series

NameIFAC Papers Online
ISSN (Print)1474-6670


Conference14th IFAC Symposium on Information Control Problems in Manufacturing, INCOM'12


  • Agent
  • Intelligent
  • Logistics
  • Product
  • Supply chain

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering


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