DB Schenker has begun utilizing RFID technology to monitor the temperature of medications and sensitive freight that they carry, reports RFID World.
The technology was adopted from Siemens and its partners who developed the technology to continuously monitor products using RFID chips. Integrated temperature sensors attached to the chips give important information about the condition of the products.
If temperatures decrease or increase beyond safe limits, an LED will light up and alert that the package and its contents may be compromised. To determine whether there is actual damage, the recipient will have to place the RFID chip in a reader, which will transfer the information to a computer in order to verify.
The tight-sealed and watertight chip is resistant to x-rays as well as voltages up to 18 kilovolts. It boasts a battery life of up to three years with a sensor and it can withstand falls of up to 1.5 meters without getting damaged.
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