Backed by Yorkshire Forward and a number of other organisations, the centre is demonstrating the type of system currently being used by Co-op stores.
The AIDC (automatic identification and data capture) Centre is billed as a European Centre for Excellence for RFID and associated technologies, such as bar coding.
The Co-operative Group uses Skillweb's RFID technology to supply and track valuable stock such as cigarettes and alcohol.
"Automatic identification and data capture technologies are improving the quality and range of services and a key consideration must be how they can further improve business processes," said Timms.
The Halifax centre is a fully equipped test laboratory which has a sixty seat multi-media theatre.