South Africa adopts framework standards for deployment of RFID systems in transportation



    IPICO's IP-X RFID technology "fully compliant" with new South African
    standards

    Burlington, ON, Jan. 24 /CNW/ - IPICO Inc. (TSX-V:RFD) is pleased to note
that Standards South Africa ("STANSA"), the organization responsible for
official standards in that country, has formally published the SANS 504 and
SANS 24535 standards. SANS 24535 provides a framework for electronic
registration and identification of vehicles using passive RFID, while SANS 504
describes the criteria applicable to RFID air interfaces that form part of
Intelligent Transport Systems.
    The SANS 504 and SANS 24535 standards, which had been developed by STANSA
over a period of several years, have been accepted in anticipation of the
deployment of passive UHF RFID based systems within the South African
transportation sector. Within this sector, passive UHF RFID systems are
particularly useful to law enforcement agencies looking to efficiently
authenticate vehicle license discs and license plates. They are also used for
monitoring individual vehicles as part of traffic management systems aimed at
improved road network utilisation, free-flow electronic toll collection and in
various other applications.
    "The formal adoption of these standards clears the way for the expected
deployment of RFID based systems in the South African transportation
industry," said Luther Erasmus, President, IPICO Innovations in South Africa.
"Since IPICO's IP-X based UHF RFID technology is fully compliant with these
new standards in South Africa, we are now exceptionally well positioned to
compete for such deployments, not only here but also in several other
developing nations that are expected to follow the South African example."
    SANS 504 (ISBN 978-0-626-20464-8) prescribes the air interface protocols
for the use of passive UHF RFID technology. Elements of these protocols will
be used for traffic monitoring including the detection of vehicle tags by
readers deployed along public roads. These protocols eliminate interference
between different readers, thus enabling use of several readers in the same
regulated frequency band and at the same location, as well as reading data
from multiple vehicle tags at speeds in excess of 120 km/h (75 m/h).
    The primary focus of the SANS 24535 standard (ISBN 978-0-626-20425-9) is
to describe the range of RFID reader-tag scenarios required to support
deployment of passive UHF RFID as part of Intelligent Transportation Systems.
This includes requirements for electronic tag registration, for interrogators
used during tag registration and for readers that are limited to the
monitoring and verification of tags. It describes the standards for
implementing fixed readers deployed along public roads and for mobile readers
used by law enforcement officials. This national standard is based on, and
supports, the ISO24535 standard for Basic Electronic Vehicle Registration
applications.

    ABOUT IPICO Inc.: IPICO Inc. is an RFID solution supplier with operations
in Canada, USA, South Africa, Europe, Asia and Australia. IPICO produces smart
labels and tags based on the IP-X communication protocol. IPICO's low
interference readers are designed to meet regulatory requirements in many
major markets, and allow for multi-reader rollout in close proximity. IPICO's
low cost RFID products excel at long read range, fast multi-read
anti-collision and high thru-beam read-speeds of dynamic tag populations.
These products are used to optimize the management of items, people, animals
and processes within the logistic supply chain and other value chains. For
further information, go to www.ipico.com.

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For further information:

For further information: Gordon Westwater, President, IPICO Inc., Tel:
(905) 631-6310, Email: gordon.westwater@ipico.com; Luther Erasmus, President
(IPICO Innovations), Tel: +27 (12) 345 9520, Email: luther.erasmus@ipico.com

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