Imagine a warehouse where shipping, receiving is performed with better accuracy and expense, where theft is detectable, where your physical inventory counts match the counts in your inventory systems, and where transfers with partners can be automated.
Automatic identification, or Auto-ID for short, takes product management to a new level with a product identification system that allows you to track not just container level data, but item level data. The Auto-ID system is based upon the use of low-cost smart tags and readers and a unique object identification scheme. Auto-ID is achieved by replacing today's UPC barcode labels with inexpensive Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags based on tiny slivers of silicon which can be embedded into product packaging or better yet into the products themselves.
Auto-ID is essentially about "tagging" physical objects so that they may be uniquely identified, ideally with no human intervention, by computers or devices that are equipped to detect the tagged objects which in turn allow them to track, monitor, trigger events and even perform actions on the objects.