Schenker begins test of RFID technology
Schenker said it began tests of radio frequency identification tags for containers Monday at the Port of Hamburg. The logistics firm put into service 10 containers equipped with electronic labels in a shuttle service between Hamburg and Hong Kong.
The company said it was the first step in a practical RFID test to examine its suitability for global freight transport.
The company said the container tag will be automatically registered at points where liability changes hands so that the shipment will become immediately visible at important transitional milestones in the transport chain.
The first test phase commences with the partners at the port packing stations. The next step will involve the container terminals as well. Schenker will also test the 'e-seal,' an electronic seal that documents any opening and closing of the container, as well as a range of other security devices that will keep tabs on the shipment.