Can RFID Indicate a Container’s Locked/Unlocked Status?

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Ask The ExpertsCan RFID Indicate a Container’s Locked/Unlocked Status?
RFID Journal Staff asked 13 years ago

We are trying to deploy a solution involving the use of a padlock on a container, and would like to utilize an RFID system that would show the lock's status, so that if the lock were broken, the system would alert us that a container had been compromised.

—Name withheld


There are a number of electronic seals on the market that employ radio frequency identification tags to alert a business that a container has been sealed, and if it is breached. Here is an article that explains the types of seals available: Types of Supply Chain Seals.

You can also purchase our article, RFID-Enabled Electronic Seals, to view a list of available models.

Here are some other articles that might also prove helpful:

RFID Seals Provide Border Security in Eastern Europe

Royal Food Import Expects E-Seals Will Save It a King's Ransom

GS1 Taiwan Pushes for EPCglobal E-seal Standard

Taiwan Customs Officials Adopt RFID-enabled Container Seals

Mitsui Completes Successful E-Seal Trial

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