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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

Next, the driver proceeds to operate the vehicle on public streets. Each time that vehicle passes a reader, the device captures its tag ID. Go+ software structures the data, encrypts it and transports it to the dedicated, cloud-based central data center, El Sayed explains. Go+ used Kathrein's JAVA-based software developers kit (SDK) to create its raodside software to capture and manage the RFID data.

The system can identify not only the vehicle and the speed at which it is travelling, but also the lane it is in. Kathrein's RRU 4500 reader, together with its wide-range 30-degree antenna, ensures lane-selective identification of each vehicle. In addition, the camera mounted with each reader provides vehicle license plate images that are transmitted to the back end via an interface, together with the RFID data. The information is being used for two purposes: to track the flow of traffic and to identify vehicles for law enforcmenet. For traffic flow, El Sayed says, the data can help the MOI to plan its roadwork projects.

"The system provides the agency with accurate, digital and live data in order to control traffic flow and minize illegal activities," El Sayed states. A third goal is to track vehicles' speed. With the data, law enformcent could potentially identify which vehicles are travelling at excessive speeds.

The tags are designed to be tamperproof, in order to prevent individuals from removing them from vehicles or replacing them. If anyone tries to peel a tag off a windshield, it will no longer operate properly. Go+ is also in discussions with four other countries about the possibility of implementing this solution once the Egyptian system is fully deployed.

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