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Ceitec Delivers 300,000 RFID Chips for Vehicular Tagging

The Brazilian semiconductor company has been homologated in record time and marketed to Q-Free, a Norwegian company that develops intelligent transport systems.
By Edson Perin

Ceitec does not market the final product, such as labels or tags. Rather, the company provides the chips, which provide the necessary intelligence for these tags, and the manufacturers of vehicle-identification tags can then market them to toll operators or directly to end customers. For contractual reasons, Ceitec says it cannot disclose the companies that utilize its chips.

Currently, the State of São Paulo and the federal highways granted by ANTT use the tolling solution with the ARTEFATO SJ5511 radio frequency communication protocol. In addition, the solution can be employed in the point-to-point system on São Paulo highways granted by the São Paulo State Public Transport Regulatory Agency (Artesp), in the Brazil-ID system portals and in most of the nation's malls.

Ceitec's chips can be exported and, according to the company, there are already negotiations for this standard to be adopted in other countries as well. Before the Ceitec chip was available, the tags used in Brazil were based on battery-assisted solutions or an imported passive solution.

The project for this new Ceitec chip began in July 2016 and was developed by a team of 25 professionals. The product with national technology was successfully completed, and more than one million chips have already been sold, just 13 months after the project began.

The Q-Free label with the Ceitec chip was homologated by the Technological Research Institute (IPT) with Artesp and ANTT. "The record term from decision-making to delivery to the market is a strong proof of Ceitec's technical competence and agility," the company says, "since the development of a chip of this complexity normally takes about 24 months."

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