The Hong Kong R&D Centre of Logistics and Supply Chain Management Enabling Technologies (LSCM) is conducting a pilot project in Hong Kong to examine the use of RFID in authenticating traditional Chinese medicines (TCM) in the retail setting.
The pilot involves placing RFID tags on packs of TCM during manufacturing which can then be read using a scanner in-store.
Partners of the project include companies such as Chinese Pharmaceuticals, Eu Yan Sang, Hin Sang Hong, Ling Nam Medicine Factory and Wisdom Come.
The project, with the registered trademark Authen√Tick, involves setting up an authentication network with “secured communication and reliable authentication processing between third-party operated readers and authentication platform through the open Internet”.
In the LSCM’s latest newsletter it notes that when a product with an RFID tag embedded in package connects with an RFID reader, an authentication check would be processed with the result known in a few seconds.
“Product information such as product ingredients and laboratory test certifications can also be simultaneously acquired,” it says. The pilot also plans to use QR codes on packs so that consumers can use their own smartphones for product information checking.