Thursday, May 26, 2005

Swedish postal service tracking parcels electronically

It is being reported on-line that the Swedish postal service, Posten, is using embedded radio frequency identification (RFID) technology in parcels to cut down on internal theft.

Posten, which has its headquarters in Stockholm, is testing the technology on high-value and confidential items such as mobile phones, computer equipment and government documents, as a way of detecting whether they have been tampered with.

Specially-designed cardboard packaging from Swedish technology firm Cypak contains a microscopic chip and embedded RFID circuits that can store information about the package's origin, contents and journey.

Posten uses RFID readers to enter data into the SecurePak parcel before dispatch, and then reads the data when the package has arrived at its destination to check for any suspicious activity.

Cypak's SecurePak technology is also being tested by Deutsche Post in Germany.

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posted by Don Schilling at 7:26 PM