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Hanmi IT Markets Item-Level RFID Tracking Software, New Readers

The software, designed by Hanmi Pharmaceutical's IT division, is being piloted by Korean government agencies, while a future installation by a pharmaceutical company is in the works to manage products from factory to drug store.
By Claire Swedberg

In the case of the government-sponsored pilots, Jun says he is at liberty to describe only one. Korea's Ministry of Food and Drug Safety and Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning are piloting the Keidas platform for their RFID Narcotic Drug Management System (NDMS), to determine if blind spots in the narcotics supply chain can be eliminated by using Impinj readers to interrogate Smartrac RFID tags at various points from factory to consumer.

The Korean agencies identified 17 narcotics most vulnerable to theft, and are employing RFID to track these drugs. This provides a view into when product arrives at each location within the supply chain while en route to a customer. To date, the agencies have tagged and tracked 2.3 million items, employing 55 readers.

Hanmi IT's Jay Jun
The project began in November 2013 and is slated to conclude on Apr. 30 of this year. The pilot's aim, Jun says, is to determine whether the visibility derived from RFID technology can prevent the theft and counterfeiting of narcotics, such as Propofol, morphine, hydrocodone and Fentanyl.

In addition, Korean pharmaceutical company Daewon Pharm is preparing to deploy the technology to track pharmaceuticals throughout its own supply chain.

At this week's RFID Journal LIVE! conference and exhibition—being held on Apr. 8-10, in Orlando, Fla.—Hanmi IT will demonstrate the Keidas software, the RFBlaster and the Micro SD card UHF reader, at its booth (320G). The RFBlaster is designed by Hanmi IT to be low-cost, sells for approximately $500 and is compact to operate with any Bluetooth-enabled device, such as a PC, smartphone or tablet.

The Micro SD card consists of an EPC Gen 2 reader module built directly into a microSD card slot, enabling mobile phone users to read RFID tags by simply inserting the card into the phone. The device was designed and fabricated by SK Telecom, while Hanmi IT is the product's exclusive reseller, with the health-care market in mind.

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