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Technology GPS
 
Protection strategy Product identification
Type Traceability technology
System Device
Medium Tertiary packaging
Authentication/Identificaton Identification*
Traceability Yes
Cost Price on request
Required equipment GPS devices,
access to satellites, cellular network, internet
Vertification level Authorities
N.B.
Description System similar to the satellite navigation system in cars and on smart phones. The typical configuration of GPS Tracking system for freight is as follow: the GPS devices are fitted in the truck and its cargo, they pick up multiple GPS satellite signals enabling them to pinpoint their location. The information is transmitted over cellular networks and relayed securely via Internet to a monitoring facility. Ideally the layering approach should be: a covert tracking devices hidden in individual packs within a shipment, on the outer container, in the cargo trailer, and in the cab of the truck itself.
 
Strengths Allow geolocation of the freight;
Surveillance of the freight during transportation along the supply chain
 
Limitations Geolocation through cellular networks, those networks can be either jammed (stop the signal) or emulated (give false position) by counterfeiters;
The device needs to be a certain size for the signal to be detected (for now, this solution cannot be used for small package such as a medicine box, * no identification at the unit level);
Cost;
 
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