Winner of AIM's 2013 Active RFID Case Study Award for Excellence
Argonne National Laboratory and the US Department of Energy (DOE)
Customer: The mission of the Office of Environmental Management (EM) is to complete the safe cleanup of the environmental legacy brought about from five decades of nuclear weapons development and government-sponsored nuclear energy research. As part of EM, DOE's Packaging Certification Program, Office of Packaging and Transportation, ensures safety and security of radioactive materials packaging in transportation, storage and disposal to better protect workers, public health, and the environment.
Challenge: Argonne National Laboratory was asked to assist the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in modernizing its management of the life cycle of nuclear materials throughout the DOE Complex while enhancing long-term safety, safeguards, and security, through the development of an integrated RFID system.
Benefits: The solution was ARG-US, an RFID technology that features long-life, customizable sensor tags with an integrated communication platform for real-time tracking and monitoring of nuclear and other hazardous materials during storage, processing, transportation, and disposal. Patented in September 2011, ARG-US also offers benefits that enhance the environmental health, safety, and protection of materials and personnel in operations involving sensitive nuclear and other radioactive materials, streamlining information management and inventory control, and extending the lifetime maintenance cycles of storage drums.