TAIWAN: Air cargo would benefit from use of RFID: Study

Air cargo could be more efficiently tracked in the future if the industry were to incorporate radio-frequency identification (RFID) into its sensoring systems and cargo management platforms, the Taiwan’s Institute of Transportation (IOT) said recently. Presenting the results of a four-year study on RFID, the IOT said it was a viable substitute for bar codes, […]


Air cargo could be more efficiently tracked in the future if the industry were to incorporate radio-frequency identification (RFID) into its sensoring systems and cargo management platforms, the Taiwan’s Institute of Transportation (IOT) said recently. Presenting the results of a four-year study on RFID, the IOT said it was a viable substitute for bar codes, used in more traditional, labour-intensive tracking systems. RFID systems, which rely on electromagnetic waves to exchange data between an object and a terminal, could especially benefit shippers and ground operators who handle valuable or dangerous items, said Chang Tsan-yu, an official with the IOT” This is what we call the ‘ubiquitous information service’,” Chang said, explaining that the highly accurate system needs little manpower. He said the sensoring system and a recentlydeveloped complementary platform can save up to 97 per cent of the time needed to check cargo and 63 per cent of the time needed to process related paperwork. But whether RFID will be widely adopted depends on the demand, Chang said, especially because the cost of the tags used to accompany goods and send data on their whereabouts is not cheap. “The current price per tag is NT$12 if we have 2,000 tags printed, ” Chang said. “But multiply that number by 100, you get NT$7 per tag.”