A technology that is becoming very useful these days is helping certify from food production processes and assist in customs control, to avoid potential thefts and exchanges of children in maternity wards. The radio frequency identification (RFID) system is being used in a hospital in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and (currently) other countries for this purpose.
According to the BBC World, nurses are “labeling” mothers and newborns with technology. That way, when a baby is close to the mother, the labels will flash and indicate the right combination. Sensors have also been installed at the hospital exits, where an alarm is triggered when a baby is taken from the maternity ward.
The technology also used in China to prevent counterfeiting of swallow nests used in cosmetic products.
Very profitable, these delicacies have been a constant target of counterfeiting. For this reason, and to increase consumer confidence, some companies have begun using the RFID system to track the product from its source until it reaches the user. Chris Diorio, president of one of the largest RFID suppliers, found another application for the product in Taiwan.
At Kaohsiung Port, one of the busiest of the site, charges are being tagged with RFID. Labels can be read remotely with a portable device, even if used on the back of a moving truck.
The driver’s identification and loading are synchronized, so that if something does not match, then the customs officers can inspect the load. the technology is still being updated from time to time and may have many other applications in future, Chris Diorio also says much of the use of RFID in Asia is driven by governments wanting to make sure the products are genuine.