Global Monitoring System RFID Tender has been Issued

GMS RFID tag

The Universal Postal Union has just released a tender for the RFID associated with its Global Monitoring System.

The purpose of this tender is to upgrade the Smart RFID readers and RFID tags that were deployed four years ago, extend the deployment to more countries and implement a comprehensive RFID Network Management system. This could be part of the “Cloud of Things” unveiled by MIT last week.

The links below will take you to the 3 documents that were published

GMS RFID Tender 5 Nov 12

GMS RFID Requirements 5 Nov 12

UPU Terms and Conditions 5 Nov 12

The Universal Postal Union (UPU) is a specialized agency of the United Nations which
has been charged with improving the global performance of international mail. A link
between letter mail quality of service and the payments made between countries has
been agreed as the method for achieving this objective. A Global Monitoring System
(GMS) to provide the neutral and independent measurement for such a scheme was
implemented in 2009 and is now active in over 50 countries.

Panellists use test-letters equipped with passive RFID technology to covertly monitor
mail pipeline performance. This is a well-established technique between Industrialised
Countries and the objective of the GMS is to extend these mail measurement techniques
to all 191 UPU member countries.

The UPU will be re-tendering for the RFID infrastructure to support GMS in November
2012. There have been significant improvements in RFID technology over the last
four years. This Call for Tender (CFT) is designed to discover the most cost-effective
and innovative RFID technologies in the market capable of meeting the demanding
requirements of GMS.

The official size of the global letter post market is 368.4 billion items (UPU estimate for
2011). The Universal Postal Union (UPU) is a specialized agency of the United Nations
which has been charged with improving the global performance of mail. A link between
letter mail quality of service and the payments made between countries has been agreed
as the method for achieving this objective.

There is a need for a Global Monitoring System (GMS) to provide the neutral and independent measurement for such a scheme. 70% of GMS countries measured continuously in 2010 and 2011 improved their quality of service. There are already 21 countries performing above their quality target for 2012.

To register your interest in responding to this tender and for an invitation to the briefing webinars to be held later this month please contact Richard Wishart – the UPU’s RFID expert for this process.

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