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By Rich Handley

Tönnjes RFID System Identifies Automobiles in Kenya

The Kenyan National Transport & Safety Authority (NTSA) is using RFID to address a growing problem in that country. Nearly 47 million people are registered citizens of Kenya, but the government has no records regarding the total number of car owners on its streets. As a result, Kenya misses out on tax revenues that are essential to enhancing its traffic infrastructure.

To create a nationwide vehicle register, German company Tönnjes C.A.R.D. supplies Kenya with approximately 3.3 million windshield labels that entail an integrated UCODE DNA RAIN RFID chip from NXP Semiconductors. The technology allows the secure identification and authentication of vehicles. During the next three years, all Kenyan car owners are obligated to switch to the new technology.

"We have several projects in Africa," said Jochen Betz, Tönnjes' managing director, in a prepared statement. "However, the partnership with the NTSA is an important milestone for our company. We do not just deliver the UCODE DNA-based RFID windshield labels—we also help and advise the authorities during the implementation of the system." The central automobile database, called a traffic information and management system (TIMS), is planned to be fully updated and vetted until 2020.

"We are excited that our latest RAIN RFID UHF chip technology, which includes cryptographic authentication, is enabling the Kenyan government to securely identify their vehicle population, boost their tax revenue and support the safety of their traffic network," said Markus Staeblein, the VP and general manager of NXP's Secure Mobility and Retail business, in the prepared statement.

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