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RFID box-tracking trials to kick off in Asia

Hong Kong: Supply chain standards organization GS1 EPC, tasked with promoting the Electronic Product Code, has initiated a RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) pilot programme. The first phase, to be completed by February 2007, will track containers moving between Hong Kong and Japan, while a second phase will track Shanghai - Los Angeles shipments during mid-2007. The pilot is intended assess the use of both passive and active UHF EPC/RFID tags for sea-shipment of cartons and containers, with associated data exchanged through EPC Information Services (EPCIS). Supported by the Japanese Ministry of Economics, Trade and Industry, it will feature shipping participants NYK and Maersk. [1/11/06]

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