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Ten Million Egyptian Cars to be Tracked via RFID

The country's Ministry of Interior is deploying an RFID solution from Go+, using technology from Kathrein Solutions in cooperation with Wireless Dynamics, to track the nation's registered vehicles as they travel highways and city roads, thereby providing traffic flow- and law-enforcement-based data.
By Claire Swedberg
Nov 27, 2019

Egypt's Ministry of Interior (MOI) plans to identify millions of vehicles as they travel on the country's roads, using an RFID solution from Go+, with hardware and software provided byKathrein Solutions in cooperation with Wireless Dynamics. The system, which will be implemented across approximately 10 million of the country's vehicles throughout the next five years, consists of passive UHF RFID stickers attached to each car's windshield, as well as tags on headlamps that respond to interrogation from readers installed above roadways, even at high speeds.

The nation of Egypt faces a growing challenge related to traffic and the management of all cars operating on its roadways. Some vehicles are unregistered, while others may have been cited for traffic violations and should not be on the roads at all. The MOI sought a way to understand the traffic issues on its roadways, especially around the city of Cairo, and to detect when vehicles were being operated that shouldn't be.

The main challenge was to implement a cutting-edge RFID technology that has never been deployed in the region before, says Hesham El Sayed, Go+'s chairman, "and to maintain the highest level of security and data integrity without reducing the [RFID read] performance." Go+, a logistical support services company, was launched in 2013. The Egyptian company provides a range of logitical services, El Sayed explains, including RFID solutions. Kathrein is providing the hardware and CrossTalk software for the solution in cooperation with Wireless Dynamics, which helped to install the hardware.

"For many years, Kathrein Solutions has had quite a large footprint in Egypt," says Christian Schnebinger, the company's senior sales manager for intelligent transportation systems. The firm has already taken part in several smaller vehicle-identification and toll-collection projects in Egypt. As a result, he says, "our products are present in everyday life in the country." As part of a pilot, Kathrein provided 5,000 transponders that were attached to select vehicles in order to help the MOI identify them on the nation's highways.

The pilot involved four readers and 16 antennas installed on overhead gantries on multiple-lane highways, which read tags as vehicles travelled by highway speeds. Early in 2018, Kathrein began working with Go+ and Wireless Dynamics to provide the full solution that is now being expanded to all vehicles. To date, the companies have installed readers on 60 gantries in Cairo and the surrounding area.

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