TagMaster, the leading producer of
advanced RFID solutions, together with its Chinese Distributor RICHOR and
FTRD, a technology supplier to the rail industry in China, have signed a Letter of
Intent (LoI) which covers the joint development of an RFID system for use on
mainline railways in China. The RFID system will form part of a new onboard
warning system which will be used to improve train safety when passing
temporary speed limits and work sections along the line.
The LoI defines how TagMaster, RICHOR and FTRD will jointly invest in the development of specific
components which form part of the RFID system to be used for the onboard warning system. The
hardware supplied by TagMaster will include these new parts as well as Heavy-duty RFID Readers
and HD Tags.
The onboard warning system first underwent performance testing on a locomotive in China in
2010. Based on the success of these tests, a full scale trial has been approved by the Ministry of
Rail in China. This trial will involve a fleet of locomotives being fitted with the new warning system
during the second half of 2011. TagMaster expects equipment orders for the trial to be in place
over the coming months.
Richard Holt, director of sales for transportation at TagMaster, said: “We are proud to have
signed this Letter of Intent with RICHOR and FTRD. We believe this new mainline project will
contribute significantly to our transportation business in China over the coming years. The fact that
these two companies are committing both financial and engineering resources to the project is a
clear indication of their confidence in the long term potential of this project.”