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Final Round of Brazil-ID Program Prepares Country for the IoT

Several Internet of Things-based services may use the same infrastructure that currently serves merely to collect tolls.
By Edson Perin
Aug 24, 2018

The National System of Identification, Tracking and Authentication of Goods, also known as Brazil-ID, is entering the final phase of implementation this month and during September, with operations in companies representing the logistics and transportation sectors. The requirements for equipment and systems are the same as those already defined by technical notes established by the project design team.

For Dario Thober, the president of the Wernher von Braun Advanced Research Center, the objective is to make possible the rendering of services regarding things in general, as is the case with vehicles in Brazil. "RFID generates technological development," he says, "and demands national developers and industry, as well as tools for providers to promote services that are of interest in reducing Brazilian logistics and transportation inefficiencies."

The federal government structured the Brazil-ID system through the nation's Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications (MCTIC), the Finance Departments of all the States of the Union, and multiple national research centers. Several Internet of Things (IoT)-based services may utilize the same infrastructure that is presently only being used for toll collection.

Thober reports that implementations already under way, which integrate the Brazil-ID solutions and interoperability tests, conclude an important cycle for the deployment of RFID-based solutions in Brazil. "While solutions that look at vehicle identification are quite robust and growing consistently," he explains, "these actions are making things compatible."

RFID security protocols are being matched to maintain high read efficiency, Thober says, with security for systems involved in transport and logistics operations. "The cloud operation demonstrates that interested companies can extend services in a reliable and consistent way," he states, "in interoperable national management formats." Parallel to these operations, final tests are currently being carried out to deal with the fundamental technical aspects associated with general interoperability between all national systems based on RFID technology.

The results obtained by logistics and transport companies will be consolidated in reports to follow, which will conclude the development phase with the management committee. The Brazil-ID system is expected to be in final operation by the end of next month.

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