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 user 2005-06-27 at 12:42:00 pm Views: 58
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    Japan trials smart container 

    Under Japan’s International Trade Field Trial, Savi Technology and strategic investor Mitsui joined with an international exporter to utilize active Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) solutions to track the location and security of intermodal cargo shipments between countries.

    Financed by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), and overseen by the Japan Federation of Freight Industries, the recently completed “Smart Container” field trial was the first government-sponsored program in Japan utilizing active RFID to help monitor ocean container shipments.

    Using Savi’s Transportation Security System (TSS) software and a variety of Savi’s battery-powered active RFID tags, the field trials have monitored the transport of office machines and printer toner cartridges from Fuji Xerox, a joint venture between Fuji Photo Film Co. of Japan and Xerox Corporation.

    “Mitsui is pleased to have been selected by the Ministry of Economics, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport (MLIT), as a key participant in Japan ‘s RFID-enabled International Trade Field Trial,” says Yoshibumi Kotsuka, Mitsui’s RFID Project Manager of Transportation & Logistics Business Unit, Logistics Administrative Division .

    “Our objective is to be at the forefront of implementing advanced and proven technology solutions like Savi’s to enhance service to our customers, especially those manufacturing products in Asia and shipping them to the United States.”

    Mark Weidick, the CEO of Savi, says Japan’s field trials are an international model of how government and private industry can work together to improve the management and security of the global supply chain.

    “This project demonstrates the growing acceptance of existing international standards for active RFID,” he says.

    Savi’s family of active RFID devices are based on the International Standardization Organization’s (ISO) 18000-7 standards for active RFID, operating on the 433.92 MHz frequency.

    The product-filled containers were certified and electronically sealed by authorized personnel at their point of origin at a warehouse in Japan. From there, they were tracked using the RFID-enabled solution at key checkpoints while transported by truck to the Port of Yokohama. Ocean vessels then transported the containers to the Port of Hong Kong, where trucks then routed the shipments to an inland distribution facility, where the containers were electronically unsealed by authorized personnel