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November 23, 2005

RFID offers promising solution to bird flu containment

RFID solutions provider Smart-tek Solutions has discussed with the Chinese government plans to test trials of its RFID monitoring and tracking technologies that could prove effective in containing avian influenza.

By CBR Staff Writer

Fears of the spread of bird flu are mounting after China confirmed its first human deaths from the virus in November. Donald Gee, chairman and CEO of Smart-tek explained, For the Chinese government, this is an area of such immediate and grave concern in their fight against the spread of the bird flu. The Ministry of Science and Technology has a team that is charged with monitoring the avian flu in China and is seeking solutions to assist in the surveillance of poultry as well as other livestock.

Surveillance of poultry and livestock is a pressing issue in poorer areas affected by avian flu given farmers’ inclination to falsify records of the number of birds under their supervision. The Ministry of Science and Technology is able to issue a national mandatory directive to require the use of RFID technology by all poultry farms and it is quite possible it will act upon this authority should the threat of the virus increase.

Smart-tek Solutions’ RFID technology can provide effective monitoring and surveillance through its ability to tag, program and count the specific number of birds.

Data such as the number of birds, owner information, location information, species information, and inspection dates can all be programmed utilizing case by case specific needs of organizations, governments and agencies.

RFID technology lends its solutions to a number of industries and its extension into the healthcare industry is reflective of its versatility.

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