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Taiwan Customs Officials Adopt RFID-enabled Container Seals

Officials at Kaohsiung Harbor, Taiwan's busiest port, have introduced the seals with EPC Gen 2 chips to improve security and reduce the need for officers to escort cargo containers.
By Dave Friedlos
Mar 25, 2009At Kaohsiung Harbor, one of the 10 largest ports in the world, more than 1 million transit containers are imported and exported annually. To prevent smuggling, Taiwan Customs officers are required to escort some 50,000 unloaded containers each year from the carrier yard, through downtown, to one of the port's five container terminals.

The escorts result in increased expenses for Customs, due to the need for additional employees, and for carrier companies, which must pay an escort fee. In addition, the long inspection times can cause an inconvenience.


The Yeon YTE-100 consists of a bolt with an embedded EPC Gen 2 RFID chip and a body containing an RFID antenna.
In 2004, the Taiwanese Government sought to replace manual escorts with an automated system to improve security and efficiency, as well as cut costs by reducing manned escorts.

Between 2004 and 2006, the Kaohsiung Customs Office called on bidders four times to deliver an automated, RFID-based electronic seal (e-seal) system, says section chief Hai-Hsiao Wang. Each bid, however, failed to meet the department's high standards.

"The bidders could not reach the required criteria of a 95 percent read rate," Wang says, "and the main reason was domestic manufacturers could not control the accuracy of the technology over long distances, or the stability of the electronic seal."

Enter Yeon Technologies, a local hardware supplier that provides both Impinj's Speedway readers and its own specially designed tamper-proof Yeon YTE-100 e-seal. The e-seal has a bolt containing a passive ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) chip encoded with a unique ID number.

"The reason a number of readers failed during previous trials is because of environmental conditions at Kaohsiung Harbor," says Yeon Technologies' president, Nancy Tai. "It is in a very tropical area, so the readers must be able to withstand high temperatures, high humidity, salt erosion and even the occasional typhoon."

USER COMMENTS

Ray KAO 2009-03-26 11:46:45 PM
This is a fictitious information The Kaohsiung Harbor (customs department) authorizes the Chung Shan Institue of Science & Technology (CSIST) to integrate the whole system. CSIST divides this bid into 4 sub-bids as follows: 1. Sub-Bid 1 “40 units of UHF RFID fixed readers”: The winner of this bid is “Northern Lights Semiconductor Corp (NLSC/Taiwan)” which is the Alien’s reseller in Global China. NLSC supplies 40 pcs. of Alien’s reader ”ALR-9900-TAI”. Thus, Yeon’s press release is not true. 2. Sub-Bid 2 “Antenna”: CSIST designs and make the antennas. 3. Sub-Bid 3 “E-Seal Tag”: CSIST designs and Alexan Inc. produces e-seal, Yeon just resells this products 4. Sub-Bid 4 “Software”: CSIST and III (Institute for Information Industry) cooperate to complete system integration This is the truth regarding the case of Kaohsiung Harbor (Taiwan Customs). Please revise the false report. Our lawyer will send the warning letter to Yeon soon. Ray Kao Northern Lights Semiconductor Corp./ Taiwan
Leo Tien 2009-04-03 09:29:57 PM
Matter of Fact 1) Since 2008, the first bid of 40 Alien readers has been gradually and mostly replaced by the subsequent bids won by Impinj Speedway Readers. 2) The Impinj readers used in Kouhsiung Harbor are provided by Yeon Technologies, Impinj’s distributor in the Greater China region. 3) The passive UHF eSeals used to track the transit containers in Kaohsiung Harbor were sold by Alexan Tech. Yeon Technologies and Alexan Tech formed an agreement that Yeon Technologies can market the eSeals under the Yeon brand. 4) CSIST contracted Yeon Technololgies in a 2009 government project to promote the eSeals and the successful use case of Kaohsiung Harbor. This global promotion project started in Feb, 2009 as the Kaohsiung Customs Office announced its launch of the RFID eSeal system. / Impinj, Alexan Tech and Yeon Technologies

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