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RFID: Cargo Security and Product Traceability

Bert Moore


RFID can help prevent cargo theft and help identify individuals involved in it

Whether it's the result of the weak economy, the increased efficiency of thieves, or better reporting, freight thefts increased dramatically in the U.S. in 2009 -- and that raises concerns about the integrity and safety of the supply chain.

A report by FreightWatch showed cargo thefts in the U.S. up 12% in 2009 over 2008 -- but that figure doesn't tell the full story. The total value of these thefts, $487 million in 2009, represents a 67% increase over 2008.

While a variety of overt and covert methods can be used to identify stolen goods after the fact, whether in black or gray market outlets or in more legitimate channels, preventing theft -- or identifying it early enough to stop goods from entering a distribution channel -- is more effective.

But whether it's preventing thefts or tracking goods after the fact, RFID can be a valuable tool.

Publication date: March 2010

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