RFID standard to be incorporated in cargo seals

By Ahmed ElAmin

- Last updated on GMT

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Six companies will incorporate a new international standard for
shipping seals that use radio frequency identification (RFID) to
warn when a cargo's contents have been breached.

Savi Technology, a unit of Lockheed Martin, said the companies will incorporate the ISO 18185 s for electronic cargo seals, also known as "e-Seals". The standards allows RFID devices to interact with readers even though these may be made by different manufacturers. RFID technology is helping to transform logistics by providing a means of tracking and tracing individual products throughout the supply chain. Regulations on traceability and mandates from such giant retailers as Wal-Mart and Metro are slowing forcing processors to make investments in the technology Electronic seals have built-in security and tracking features that allow processors and others to keep track of in-transit cargo containers, which account for 90 percent of world trade. E-Seals combine mechanical locks with wireless RFID communication systems to automatically notify users about security breaches and container locations, Savi stated. An estimated 200 million containers flow through the world's ports each year, said Pat Burns, Savi's vice president of marketing and licensing. "Savi Technology is committed to building ISO-based RFID networks throughout the world, and having multiple e-Seal licensees with products that can communicate using a standard protocol brings visibility, efficiency and homeland security solutions to customers such as international shippers, government agencies and logistics service providers,"​ he stated. Those shipping to the US could find it easier to use devices using the standard, Savi Technology suggests. The US Safe Port Act of 2006 requires calls for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to define the voluntary use of container security devices in accordance with international standards. The companies named as authorided licensees of Savi's e-Seal RFID patents using ISO 18185 include Identec Solutions, headquartered in Lustenau, Austria. The other five are KPC, headquartered in Seoul, South Korea, Savr Communications, in Irving, Texas, Axcess International, Evigia Systems, and Envotech Co. The use of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology along the food supply chain is set to rise dramatically to $5.8bn (€4.3bn) in 2017, according to a previously published report by IDTechEx. The amount includes the money spent on on RFID systems plus the tags in 2017. RFID use in the food sector will become more important than any other application of the technology the analyst firm forecasts. RFID uses a wireless system that helps enterprises track products, parts, expensive items and temperature-and time-sensitive goods. Transponders, or RFID tags, are attached to objects. The tag will identify itself when it detects a signal from a reader that emits a radio frequency transmission. Each RFID tag carries information on it such as a serial number, model number, colour, place of assembly or other types of data. When these tags pass through a field generated by a compatiblereader, they transmit this information back to the reader, thereby identifying the object. According to Venture Development Corporation the worldwide market for RFID systems was $2.3bn in 2006, with hardware accounting for nearly 59 per cent of sales. EPCglobal standards set out the device and software interfaces for gathering supply chain data. It provides users with a single way to capture and share information with supply chain partners, even though they may be using different devices and software to read RFID tags. The royalty-free standards are the foundations in the continuing construction of a global supply chain information network that combines RFID technology, existing communications network infrastructure and EPC, a number for uniquely identifying an item.

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