Hi-G-Tek and NTC Design Wireless RFID Cargo Security System for Customs Control Agency...

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Hi-G-Tek and NTC Design Wireless RFID Cargo Security System for Customs Control Agency of Kazakhstan

      Solution delivers real-time visibility across Kazakhstan's
                         4000-mile trade lane
ROCKVILLE, Md.--(Business Wire)--
Hi-G-Tek (www.higtek.com), a leading developer of RFID sensing and
control solutions for tracking high-value cargo and sensitive
materials, provided its technology platform to Kazakhstani-based
systems integrator, Science Technical Center (NTC) (www.ntc-nt.kz), to
implement a cargo monitoring system for the Customs Control Agency
(CCA) of Kazakhstan. NTC designed and installed a solution around
Hi-G-Tek's integrated radio frequency identification (RFID) cargo
monitoring technology at several major Kazakhstani border checkpoints
between China and Russia. The Automatic Delivery Control System (ADCS)
is used by the CCA to secure the 4000-mile journey against black
market theft, with the intent of increasing commercial cargo traffic
and associated customs tariff revenues.

   The CCA project utilizes a combination of Hi-G-Tek outdoor data
readers, handheld readers, and reusable Hi-G-Locks to secure and track
containers and trucks traveling through the country. The Hi-G-Locks
secure container doors and have the capability to confirm loads
electronically through a programmed cargo manifest. On-board sensors
monitor the state of the container doors and provide automatic
warnings of attempts to tamper with locks. This information is relayed
via the reader network to NTC's Management Software, an enterprise
software package, which records the electronic manifest captured by
the Hi-G-Tek RFID application during a truck's entry into the country
and provides real-time sensor information while the cargo is in
transit, allowing Kazakhstani officials to act instantly should a
security breach occur.

   "The Republic of Kazakhstan serves as a major commercial trade
lane between China and Europe, with more than $2 Billion (USD) in
goods passing through the country each year. To expedite cargo traffic
between China and points west, Kazakhstan understood that it needed to
streamline the customs process, while securing the trade routes
against black market theft to attract additional commercial traffic,"
said Rashid Abderzakov, NTC-NP, General Manager. "After evaluating
several RFID solutions, only Hi-G-Tek met the requirements set forth
by the Customs Control Agency. With its advanced wireless trade lane
security solutions, Hi-G-Tek and NTC were able to deliver a solution
that has led to cargo-related crime reduction in the region, while
increasing integrity within the customs process and increasing
government revenue from tariffs. As a result, Kazakhstan intends to
expand installation to include all customs posts throughout the
country."

   "NTC offered the perfect complement to Hi-G-Tek's technology
platform and, with our help, they were able to design a comprehensive
cargo security system for the Customs Control Agency of Kazakhstan,"
said Micha Auerbach, Founder & CTO, Hi-G-Tek. "NTC's integrated system
incorporated an x-ray inspection system, information monitors, a
mobile radiation control laboratory and the cargo management and
control solution utilizing Hi-G-Tek's wireless active-RFID technology.
This provided Kazakhstan with the solution to effectively guarantee
the security of cargo traveling through the country. In addition, it
has automated the registration, control and tracking of all cargo
related travel producing significant labor savings due to the
reduction of manual inspections at border checkpoints."

   About NTC

   The Company, Scientific and Technical Center New Projects,
(www.ntc-nt.kz) was founded in the capital of the Republic of
Kazakhstan, Astana City, in 1999 as the one of the largest system
integrators in the territory of Kazakhstan.

   The company's activities include the design and construction of
security systems on a large and corporate scale for police, customs,
security services and municipalities. Solutions include application of
the following technologies: CCTV - the Company is one of the biggest
suppliers in the territory of CIS, ANPR, RFID, security systems,
access control, biometry, radioactive material detection, narcotic and
explosives detection, large size trucks, vehicles and railway x-ray
scanning.

   The Company is part of MIDAGI Holding (www.midagi.biz), which
consists of 19 companies in Kazakhstan, Great Britain, USA and Israel.
MIDAGI Holding Company is an international company leading in the
production and sale of a variety of high-tech solutions, information
technologies solutions and other products all over the world.

   About Hi-G-Tek

   Hi-G-Tek is the developer of Highly Intelligent RFID asset sense
and control solutions for fuel distribution and global trade lanes.
The company's patented "sensing" technology has applications in
several key markets, including homeland security, transportation, fuel
distribution, military, biomedical, and global trade lanes.

   Hi-G-Tek's unique active RFID solutions provide unparalleled
levels of real-time security and "sensing" of key assets, whether
stationary or in transit, indoors or outdoors. Its sophisticated
technology not only detects where an "asset" is, but also its status
or condition--anytime, from anywhere in the world. For additional
information, visit www.higtek.com.

Press Contact:
DPR Group, Inc.
Christine Randle, 240-686-1000
crandle@dprgroup.com
or
Company Contact:
Hi-G-Tek
Gina Lehman, 301-279-0022 ext. 3027
gina.lehman@higtek.com

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