Dr. David Nabarro, the UN's coordinator for avian and human influenza, has come out in favor of intensifying the use of RFID tracking and identification technology within the context of emergency relief operations organized by the UN. At an event recently hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Nabarro said that the use of RFID technology made a lot of sense when the point was to transport large amounts of goods, in the aftermath of a natural disaster, civil war or disease outbreak, to affected areas. "Effective RFI tracking and good inventory management software would make a huge difference in our ability to deal with relief (operations)" Nabarro declared. Even smarter RFID chips could be used to send out signals that indicate what is happening inside a container--for instance, whether a box has been tampered with, knocked around in transit or subjected to temperatures beyond the maximum range permitted for the food or drugs inside, he added.
Source: MoreRFID, http://www.heise.de
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