A new ISO (International Organization for Standardization) technical specification will help to ensure the functioning of radio frequency identification (RFID) tags on freight containers despite the harsh environments they may be subjected to during transport by road, rail, and sea.

ISO/TS 10891:2009 provides specifications and test methods for RFID devices used for automatic identification of freight containers in supply chains.

This tag is a permanently affixed, read-only tag containing limited data relating only to physical identification and description of the container to which it is affixed. This tag is required to last the lifetime of its associated container.

The purpose of new spec, the ISO said, is to achieve optimal benefits from using RFID to improve efficiency, speed up operations, and enhance security in the handling and transport of freight containers.

In other news, ODIN technologies has begun the “Ask the RFID Expert” web-based answer service to “provide access to the world's foremost authorities on RFID free of charge.”

Users can go to the website www.odintechnologies.com, enter their e-mail address, and ask a question of ODIN's engineering team. Answers will be posted within 24 hours on the “Ask the RFID Expert” page or sent directly via e-mail.

The website features a rich media format with more content designed to help end-users educate themselves on subjects ranging from RFID technology to return on investment (ROI). Also included are informative white papers, how-to articles, and introductory videos.

ODIN technologies specializes in RFID design and deployment services.