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SYSTEM UP AND RUNNING FOR TRACKING HALAL FOOD WITH RFID TECHNOLOGY

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SYSTEM UP AND RUNNING FOR TRACKING HALAL FOOD WITH RFID TECHNOLOGY
21/02/2013
21st February 2013 – The Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) in collaboration with the Halal Food Control Division of the Ministry of Religious Affairs today launched the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Halal Food Traceability System Pilot Project at Hua Huo Departmental Store in Tanjung Bunut. The Guests of Honour to officiate the soft launching of the system were Dato Paduka Haji Awang Alaihuddin bin Pehin Orang Kaya Digadong Seri Lela Dato Seri Utama Haji Awang Mohamad Taha, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Communications and Awang Haji Abdul Aziz bin Orang Kaya Maharaja Lela Haji Yussof, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Religious Affairs.
 
The pilot project was aimed at establishing Brunei's Halal Authenticity and Traceability system by providing a Brunei Halal Authentication system which can be attached to the Brunei Halal logo. This RFID traceability system has been developed by local ICT company, John Harith Technology Sdn Bhd, to authenticate and track the Halal status for food products.
 
The initial focus under this pilot project involves detection of chicken and raw meat produced by a local abbatoir. The authentic Halal logo issued by the relevant authority will be validated using RFID tag embedded into the meat packages. There is an RFID reader placed at the Hua Ho supermarket for consumers to validate the product's status and obtain information such as the Halal certifcate, batch number, manufacturing and expiry date of the product, etc.
 
This pilot program has been carried out for six (6) months involving users from the Halal Food Control Division of the Ministry of Religious Affairs, one selected local abbatoir (Golden Chick Abbatoir) and a retail store (Hua Ho Supermarket Tanjung Bunut).
 
The soft launching today saw the Guests of Honour officiating the tracking capabilities for the chicken parts, frozen food and processed food ingredients using the RFID readers and mobile applications.
 
In his opening speech, the Chief Executive of AITI, Awg Hj Yahkup Hj Menudin mentioned “Radio-Frequency identification (RFID) technology offers an alternative solution for identification and tracking of goods and products wirelessly making it suitable for developing Halal applications, where users can get various information for local Halal products effectively and in wider detail, as well as assisting the law enforcement to ensure the validity of the Brunei Halal logo issued by the Ministry of Religious Affairs”.
 
Over the past few years, AITI has been actively promoting the usage of RFID technology in Brunei through several initiatives including the set up of its own RFID Showcase Gallery and training of local resources and developers. RFID is one of the niche areas that has the potential for development of various applications in Brunei by the local ICT players.
 
AITI will continue its effort to encourage the development of local RFID applications and hopes to roll-out more pilot programs of this kind with other relevant agencies in its endeavour to expand the adoption of RFID and promote the Brunei-made ICT products for growth and sustainability of the local ICT industry.