Browse Prior Art Database

Automatic Recording and Fraud-Proof Identification of Freight Transports

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000106520D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-21
Document File: 2 page(s) / 34K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Heitmueller, R: AUTHOR

Abstract

The present method includes automatic recording and identification of transports or freight and fraud-proof identification of the labels that are recorded.

This text was extracted from an ASCII text file.
This is the abbreviated version, containing approximately 93% of the total text.

Automatic Recording and Fraud-Proof Identification of Freight Transports

      The present method includes automatic recording and
identification of transports or freight and fraud-proof
identification of the labels that are recorded.

      Labels containing the identification of freight containers as
well as information on the contents of containers are securely
applied to the outside of the containers.  The labels are read, and
the information is recognized and identified by proper means, e.g.,
the IBM AutoID Toolkit/2.

      To be fraud-proof each reading or control station has a valid
bilateral key, which was exchanged with the originator of the
information.  Only this bilateral key can produce a safety code
identical to the one on the label.  The safety code is calculated
using the bilateral key and the information on the label.  This is to
make sure that the information was not changed and that it originates
from the other party who knows this bilateral key.  Keys are stored
encrypted for added safety.

      The bilateral keys can be maintained in a central agency or
location to avoid duplicate keys.  This agency would distribute the
keys to the requesting parties, institutions, and control stations.

      The method provided here can be used for transporting goods,
especially in international freight traffic or for dangerous or
precious goods to avoid smuggling and to document the "real" flow of
goods.  At borders, for example, the bill...