FloSec proposes technology to track export-import bound goods


FloSec, a company based in Geneva, Switzerland, introduced what it said is a new device for tracking commercial goods and securing commercial documents.
The announcement was made at a workshop held on Wednesday February 6 at the Hilton Addis in the presence of Djibouti Port (DP) authorities, various Ethiopian government officials and private enterprise representatives. 
Yves Baeumlin, a representative of FloSec, said the new technology which is a logistics solution, will help integrate other technologies to follow goods from one place to another by using GPS (Global Positioning System) and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID).
“With this technology FloSec can mark goods and follow them from A-Z and facilitate logistics and the security of goods at the same time,” said Baeumlin, adding that because of this, we can account for all goods that are being shipped from one place to another by GPS tracking.
As to the use of the technology, only three receiving agents have the right to and will be allowed to open the seal containing the goods along with Customs agents and agents of Certification organizations.
The technology has three levels of security. The first is control, a means of checking that the contents have not been modified and comparing the readable version with the encrypted one. The second level assures that only authorized persons can decipher the content of the encrypted bar code.
The third level of security involves matching the code of the RFID on paper to the contents on the original document.
A bar code is a code in the form of a pattern of parallel lines of varying widths read by a special machine, printed on a commodity for identification purposes, and for stock control.
The system will activate an alarm if the seal is broken, the truck doesn’t follow the scheduled route, or if there is an attempt to open a valve or box.  However, he admitted that the system isn’t operational yet, but that it will be operational very soon and will be implemented accordingly.
Flosec stated that it’s explaining to DP authorities the functionalities of the system and has high hopes that it will be accepted and implemented in about two months time.
The company also stated that although many ports are using logistic tracking systems, it has a unique system which allows a customer to track all documents on top of those which are accompanying the goods.
It further said that this means the facilitation of logistics, invoicing and the tracing and tracking of goods, will be a global system and hopefully Djibouti Port could be the first test case. 
Goods, especially from Ethiopia to export markets, are affected by periodical falsification of documents, pilfering as well as significant loss of time before arrival and docking. 
A participant of the workshop said she was impressed with the technology which she says will help protect raw materials needed for large projects and prevent against adulteration on the road from Djibouti to Ethiopia and vice versa.
She said previously there was a big problem in identifying where and when adulteration took place, which hopefully, the system will identify and expose if and when it happens.