New Era for Tracking Devices

Colorful Stickers, Paper Labels, No Longer Suitable for Inventory Movement

Digital tags are changing the way businesses double down against not only theft but also absent-mindedness.

Intelligent Security Packaging (ISP) notes that radio frequency identification (RFID) is increasingly common for tracking and tracing packages, making a lot of older methods obsolete.

The fast pace of technological advances, moreover, is placing pressure on many industries that have been lagging.

RFID for packages is very much like E-Z Pass with cars. Couple that with GPS (Global Positioning System) monitoring, and it provides real-time data to identify inventory and its location.

For travelers, luggage movement and retrieval for decades had inspired the use of colorful tape, stickers, or ribbons to differentiate one suitcase from many other look-alikes.

Airlines, though, now are looking at ways to reduce luggage mixups, the New York Times recently reported. British Airways is testing a digital tag, Air France-KLM is planning a smart-phone app, and Airbus has for cellular use a Bag2Go trial of a digital tag with GPS tracking.

Nevertheless, inadvertent swapping of bags still occurs, some of it because of haste and some from inattention to claim-check numbers or those old-fashioned handwritten name-and-address tags attached to handles.

Many businesses, though, have already put themselves ahead of the curve by using digital control systems, notably with chain-of-custody transfers.

Many applications are in place to foil pilferage, hijacking and the like, whereas others greatly improve the efficiency monitoring of goods in transit.

The ISP security packaging methods can help businesses make big strides in their need to modernize their inventory-handling methods.