This paper discusses innovative "Plug-and-Play" scalable gateways using RFID devices and establishing a Gateway Product Service System (GPSS) framework for cost-effective deployment of RFID-enabled manufacturing solutions. A unique contribution is that the GPSS overcomes "three high problems", namely high cost, high risk and high level of technical skills through a shift from individual investments in RFID devices and skills to common sharing of real-time visibility and traceability services among manufacturing alliance members. This approach substantially reduces start-up investment costs, reduces level of required specialist skills, speeds up installation processes and streamlines maintenance services, and improves sustainable success of RFID adopted projects.
Huang, G. Q., Qu, T., Fang, M. J., & Bramley, A. N. (2011). RFID-enabled gateway product service system for collaborative manufacturing alliances. CIRP Annals - Manufacturing Technology, 60(1), 465-468. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cirp.2011.03.040