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Radio tags for Goa mine trucks

business Updated: Oct 23, 2011 20:51 IST
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Trucks and barges that carry about 2,000 tonnes of iron ore from the mines in Goa could soon be fitted with radio frequency identification system (RFID) or an Automatic Identification System (AIS) which will help in their easy identification.

Close to 15,000 trucks and 300 barges are used by the industry to transport ore from mines to jetties for exports.

“An RFID or the AIS on trucks and barges will ascertain the quantity of iron ore and bring in the much needed transparency into the mining activities in Goa,” Atul Jadhav, president, Goa Barge Association told HT.

The initiative will help the exporters show evidence that the ore entering the port is inspected by law enforcing agencies. This will help reduce doubts about the legality of the exports.

Radio-frequency identification (RFID) is a technology that uses radio waves to transfer data from an electronic tag — RFID tag which is attached to an object, through a reader that identifies and tracks the object.

The Automatic Identification System (AIS) is an automated tracking system used on ships for identification and helps locate vessels by electronically exchanging data with other nearby ships and VTS stations.