Automatic Container Identification (ACI), a technology where an electronic label or transponder with a specific coded number is attached to a container and an interrogator or reader is able to read the number coded into the electronic label by illuminating it with electro-magnetic radiation. Microwave Institute Foundation MIF) has developed a microwave system for ACI based on an electronic label carried on the container. The electronic label is remotely read when passing an interrogator. The interrogator illuminates the electronic label with a fixed frequency microwave beam and receives back a frequency shifted echo which is modulated by the container number stored in the label. The MIF ACI-system has shown itself to be a flexible system with several important options and has thus found a wide range of applications. Containers are already numbered using an ownership code of four alpha-number signs and in addition a six digit number. These container numbers are already used in inventory control and shipping documents. A committee within the American National Standards Institute is working on standardization of coding and marking. Such a standard will leave room for additional information directed towards all users as well as a specific user or owner. An ACI system in combination with a computerized monitoring and inventory control system will give the container operator substantial benefits. The interrogators reading the container numbers are operating on-line with the computer or off-line via data recorders associated with the interrogator.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Communication Channels, Incorporated

    461 8th Avenue
    New York, NY  United States  10001
  • Authors:
    • Henoch, B T
  • Publication Date: 1978-1

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  • Pagination: p. 42-44
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00170918
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Container News Incorporated
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 29 1978 12:00AM