RFID helps Stowers Institute researchers shop for supplies
from RFID Journal
Scientific institutes typically have a complex system for providing materials to researchers whose work is funded by grants. Because researchers need a variety of goods — ranging from an $8 box of latex gloves to chemical compounds valued at thousands of dollars — and must bill the grant supporting their research, most institutes and universities must staff a storage area with someone who can record and authorize every transaction. An alternative to this method is an automated system consisting of locked cabinets that can utilize biometrics, radio frequency identification or both, in order to provide goods to authorized individuals and create an invoice for the appropriate party.
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