SAN FRANCISCO—Brazilian analog ASSP vendor Ceitec SA said Wednesday (Oct. 20) it signed a contract with a Brazilian government-backed company to develop an RFID chip for tracking and managing blood bags to help to ensure traceability and safety of blood management.
Ceitec (Porto Alegre, Brazil) said it hopes to complete the chip design in the third quarter of 2011. The development of the chip will be funded by Ceitec, the Brazilian Development Bank and Hemobras, a government-backed company that produces plasma and other products from human blood.
Ceitec said it would provide a complete solution to Hemobras, developing and manufacturing the chip at its design center in Porto Alegre. The company said it would partner with other companies when necessary to provide the final product that will be deliver to Hemobras.
It is not difficult to understand:
You have a very large and socialistic government (tax as % of GDP) ready to spend big money in something it is completely clueless about but sounds important (microelectronics) and that can be used to show how interested they are in the future of the country, not to say more public servants and therefore votes.
These geniuses take advise from academics and other special groups of interest who are eager to put their hands in some easy money, add a nice line in the resume, the usual....
If in ten years all this money/effort becomes just dust...well, they can always say they did their best and of course many of them will be already retired or in another public office, so why not.
Easy, isn't it?
The International Society for Blood Transfusion (world organization of national blood banks) has issued guidelines on the use of RFID tags in blood banking. These were published in Vox Sanguinis, vol 98, Supplement 2, April 2010.
It calls for the use of 13.56 MHz ISO 15693 (actually ISO 18000-3 mode 1) RFID chips. We picked a chip which was widely available and supported for the same reason we adopted Code 128 bar codes for global blood labeling in 1994. Note that a)Unlike UHF, 13.56 MHz is a global standard frequency; b) it is short range and magnetic induction couple, minimizing both generated and received EMI and stray tag pick up; c)We have done almost 2 years of safety testing under FDA guidance to demonstrate that extended high levels of 13.56 MHZ RF do not impact the transfusion safety or efficacy of test blood components.
A complete RFID-based installation for blood collection, processing , distribution and transfusion is under development at the BloodCenter of Wisconsin and U Iowa Health Center, funded by NIH. See our website www.transfusionmedicinerfid.org
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I guess there are so many RFID chips out there in the market already. Doesnt it make more sense just to buy one to avoid the NRE costs? Or is there any special requirements on RFID chips for blood bag tracking application?
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