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How Von Braun Labs managed to coordinate a nationwide project and set the standards for the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) systems in Brazil

The Brasil-ID program will impact many areas, including the logistics one.

The system called Brasil-ID is the official IoT program structured in Brazil to create a base-market for the new frontiers of digital information over ‘things’, which helps consumers to benefit from new valuable information on the cloud of things surrounding them and institutions in general (Government and Companies) to reduce their operational risk and costs while increasing the number of services and their respective quality.

The system was basically conceived on RFID technology because it represents the smallest standardized wireless piece of electronics able to carry advanced secure encryption mechanisms, which is able to carry several different sensors and to secure ID stored and data being transferred over the air. In fact, Von Braun Labs has the capability to develop and demonstrate one of the first (if not ‘the first’) passive, i.e., that does not require batteries to operate, RFID single semiconductor device with advanced security (AES128) embedded which operates under 3 milliseconds reading cycle-time at GS1/ISO committee events in 2013 (Orlando, FL). The new ISO 29167-10 and ISO 18000-63 standards being defined at this very moment represent a variation of this possible implementation.

On the other end of the system, the Center developed all the other necessary tools to implement the operation nationwide like compatible RFID readers, middleware to integrate multiple reading systems of a vast network of devices and the Central BackOffice / IT management system which allows multiple independent Private and Public operators to provide services to individuals and Companies.

Fiscal Offices from Brazil-ID’s program around the country

Von Braun Labs worked all the fronts to implement the system – helping the Government to have the means to generate and organize the laws and regulations associated with the system, coordinating the integration of the work of other R&D institutions which developed the several mechanisms / sub-systems required and multiple 35 Companies to address multiple applications like ID, Tracking and Authentication for Food, Electronics, Pharmaceuticals, Cigarette and other segments.

The systems are now integrated and on November 2014 the first massive-pilot involving transportation Companies and their transit through fiscal check-points equipped with Brasil-ID systems was under way. There are several phases in this program. In this first phase ground transportation will be addressed by identifying vehicles and their cargo with the aim not only to prove a significant reduction in inspection time and infrastructure, but also the benefits for the Companies in their logistic and commercial operations.

The system is also integrated with other national RFID systems conceived and developed by Von Braun Labs, which have already a vast infrastructure installed for All Electronic Tolling Operations in more than 50 Concessions across Brazil. In the following phases, besides trucks and containers the other elements will receive an indelible RFID embedded in their structure – like with Printed Circuit Boards, Pharmaceutical Protecting Labels and Sanitary Seals providing unique and indelible identification to each item in another wave of a massive pilot-run.

Embedded RFID system into a a printed circuit board developed for the Brasil-ID program