RFID: Cargo Security and Product Traceability
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
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
But whether it's preventing thefts or tracking
goods after the fact, RFID can be a valuable tool.
Publication date: March 2010