May. 31. 2004
Marubeni Corporation associated with U.S. company Matrics, Inc., a leader of the advanced, passive UHF Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) solution provider, won the contract awarded by the Airport Authority Hong Kong to supply UHF RFID infrastructure for use in tracking passenger bags for improved customer satisfaction and increased security.
The contract is between the Airport Authority Hong Kong and the Marubeni-Matrics Consortium, having a value exceeding HK $27 Million, and is the largest, single RFID project in Asia. Additional orders for supplying RFID labels or tags, totally over 80 million labels or tags for a 5 year-term agreement is part of this advanced initiative to upgrade system capabilities for servicing both the growing amount of passengers and to ensure higher levels of performance for all the various airlines.
Marubeni-Matrics Consortium will supply more than 100 Advanced UHF Reader/Writers for the baggage hall operations at Hong Kong International Airport for implementation by the end of the third quarter of this year.
The project is a clear statement in support of using UHF RFID technology to improve airport operations rather than by continued use of bar coding equipment. The Airport Authority of Hong Kong has taken a leadership position to launch this capability which can also have significant benefits for other airports and airlines. At the same time, the passengers will win since baggage will be able to be delivered at the right time to the right plane every time.
Matrics will supply RFID equipment, including Reader/Writer controllers and Antennas, and Marubeni install and integrate them together with the subsidiary company Mighty Card Corporation.
Marubeni is the exclusive distributor in Japan and distributor in other countries of Matrics products since September 2003, and Marubeni agrees with Matrics to jointly expanding the RFID business in Asian market including Japan especially for Airport baggage handling system, air cargo system and logistics system, etc.
UHF RFID technology, at the moment, is being evaluated for adoption in Japan, with Marubeni and Mighty Card involved in a couple of UHF RFID trials in Japan. Matrics product is EPC Global compliant and its performance of 6 meters read distance, orientation free read ability, 200tags/sec. read rate are the top class in the industry. In U.S.A., Wal-Mart and DOD are using Matrics products in their own trials. Marubeni and Matrics expect the market, especially airport baggage handling and logistics, will expand so rapid.