Taiwan is using RFID to ensure overall safety of animal livestock moving in and out of the country.
The Taiwanese government has made its first order or 5,000 low frequency
RFID "pet recovery microchips" from Canada's Advanced ID Corp, according to the company.
This initial order is part of a yearly commitment of 100,000 chips per year as well as 1,000 readers per year, Advanced ID added.
Separately, Advanced ID also announced its participation in a pig tagging/traceability project in Taiwan using UHF RFID pig ear tags. Further trials are expected to take place within a month
The market potential for AIDO pig tags is eight million tags per year according to the Taiwan agriculture department. In addition, the Taiwan government has been asked to assist China's Fujian province in China in implementing a similar trace back system
Taiwan has taken the position that pet microchipping is critical to the overall safety of domestic pets, said Dan Finch, Advanced ID's President and CEO, noting growing interest due to international pet safety and food chain protection concerns.