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RFID-Assisted Article Tracking and Data Management Disclosure Number: IPCOM000028212D
Publication Date: 2004-May-03
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RFID systems are proposed as tools to assist in tracking article use in consumer studies.

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RFID-Assisted Article Tracking and Data Management

Adam Stevenson, Dan Ellingson, and Alissa Ellingson Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Neenah, WI

Feb. 25, 2004


RFID systems are proposed as tools to assist in tracking article use in consumer studies.


Research on human use of products is often prone to errors and inaccuracies due to reliance on manual methods for tracking, data management, and response gathering. For example, in many consumer studies, consumers may misidentify a product they are using and provide erroneous information. Forms that consumers must fill out by hand can be confusing and readily prone to errors in entry. We propose that articles tagged with RFID chips can be used to provide more reliable data in consumer testing.

A data collection system for consumer testing can comprise an RFID reader, a data entry means such as a PDA, and a collection of articles tagged with RFID chips that uniquely identify each article to be tested. The RFID reader may be integral with the data entry device, such as a card that is inserted into a PDA device, or an RFID-enabled cell phone or other electronic device. The collection of articles may be uniform in type or may represent a variety of article types, such as baby wipes and diapers. For a given article type, such as a diaper, more than one variety (e.g., experimental runs) may be present.

Data entry can be assisted with specialized software on the PDA, cell phone, or other device that prompts users to provide feedback on the products being tested. The software may provide easy-to-recognize graphical elements to assist in understanding what is requested and how to respond. For data entry, the RFID scanner can be used to scan the product or products for which feedback is being provided, and the feedback form that is then displayed to the user can be responsive to product information obtained via the RFID scan. Product information can be read from the RFID chip directly (as when using a read-write RFID chip), or can be associated with a database for which the unique product code in the RFID chip (e.g., the electronic product code) is a pointer to additional information. The feedback requested from the user can include questions about product performance, time of use, duration of use, environment in which it was used, etc. The data collected by the data entry device can be downloaded or transmitted to a server or other device accessible by the researchers desiring the consumer data. For example, the data entry device may have wireless networking means to allow the data to be downloaded to a research database following data entry.

In another embodiment, an RFID tag can be associated with a paper response form denoting a unique identifier for a respondent. Used in conjunction with a collection of tagged articles, this provides another means for associating articles with individual attitudinal or perceptual responses for purposes of data coordination and analysis.

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