A technology development can help ensure long processes of food production and help to control customs, even prevent potential theft and trade of children in hospitals. The system of radio frequency identification ( RFID ) is being used in a hospital in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to this end.
According to BBC World, nurses are “tagging” the mothers and newborns with technology. Thus, when a baby is close to the mother, the labelsflash and the indicate right combination. Sensors were also installed at the exits of the hospital, where an alarm is triggered when a baby is taken of motherhood.
The technology is also used in China to prevent counterfeiting of the nests of swallows – used in cosmetics. Very profitable, these delicacies have been a constant target of forgery. For this reason, and to increase consumer trust, some companies have started using the RFID system to track the product from its origin until it reaches the user.
Chris Diorio, chairman of a leading provider of RFID, found another application for the product in Taiwan. In the port of Kaohsiung, one of the busiest site, loads are being tagged with RFID. Labels can be read remotely with a handheld device, even if used on the back of a moving truck.
The identification of the driver and load is synchronized, so that if something does not match, then the customs officers may inspect the cargo. Diorio warns that the technology is still undergoing testing and may have many other applications, but says that much of the use of RFID in Asia is driven by governments seeking to ensure that products are genuine.