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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
Some 40 Speedway readers were then installed at checkpoints along 20 lanes used for transporting containers. Customs has also purchased 40,000 e-seals, as well as handheld interrogators.

When a transit container is chosen for e-sealing, a notification is sent to the carrier, and an e-seal is used to lock the container at the carrier's yard. A handheld reader is utilized to interrogate the RFID chip's ID number, which is transferred to a secure database, and the information is synchronized with the driver's ID, as well as those of the container and truck, which are printed on the vehicle and container.

"When a truck passes through a checkpoint, an Impinj Speedway reader will read the e-seal on the moving truck," Tai says. "At the same time, the truck driver's ID will be detected through the driver ID system, and an optical character recognition system will pick up the container ID and truck ID. If either does not match, an alarm will be sent out to the harbor police for a physical inspection. When the truck arrives at its destination, a handheld reader will again be used to read the e-seal ID, in order to delete it from the database."

The system was officially rolled out on Feb. 20. According to Tai, the system has an accuracy rate of 97.42 percent at a distance of more than 7 meters (23 feet). That, she says, should result in an annual reduction of 6,000 man-hours for escorts, through the elimination of 10,000 escorts by Customs officers.

The rollout, Wang says, has been a success. "The system is highly reliable and can accurately identify signals no matter how fast the vehicle is traveling, how sharp the curve in the road is, or if the vehicle changes lane," he states. "In addition to the benefits from the reduction of staff time and costs, and improved efficiency, this system is a world first, and helps to improve our competitiveness and image around the world."

The Kaohsiung Customs Office is now working with Yeon Technologies to expand the system to other harbors around the country. Additionally, the agency plans to roll it out at Taichung, Taipei and Keelung Customs in early 2010.

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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