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Project Reference: ITP/019/09LP
Project Title: Low-cost Versatile Tracking Device and Technology for Logistic Applications
Hosting Institution: The University of Hong Kong (HKU)
Abstract: With the growing global business activities, it becomes essential for the firms to manage the logistics flow and to track their goods properly, especially for the valuable and important goods. Continuous monitoring and end-to-end tracking are necessary for shipments of high end goods such as jewelry, electronic products, and legal documents, etc.

Although GPS is available for global tracking and RFID is emerging for pallet-level visibility, they represent the two ends of the tracking technology spectrum. The gap still exists for seamless and continuous tracking at goods level for transit from indoor to outdoor, from goods to container. None of the existing systems can monitor the goods from end to end in real time.

The major objective of this project is to develop the next-generation tracking device and technology which supports continuous, real-time, and ubiquitous goods-level tracking. By leveraging the strengths of different wireless technologies, such as RFID, Wi-Fi, GPS, GPRS and ZigBee, a hybrid and collaborative positioning technology will be proposed. A cost-effective tracking device and application system will be developed. The proposed system aims to provide a faster, more accurate, and more reliable location tracking service than that available with each of the underlying technologies. The proposed low-cost goods-level tracking system will be piloted in practical business operations.
Project Coordinator: Professor Victor Li
Approved Funding Amount: HK$4.93M
Project Period: 1 Oct 2009 – 31 Mar 2011
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