In mid-2020, the Innovation and Solution Lab (ISLAB) of the Information Systems Wing (ISW) introduced the principles and applications of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology in the ISW Bulletin. Concurrently, the ISLAB started engaging with different units to explore the possibility of putting RFID into application of enforcement. The pilot project on employing RFID to record and manage the gear in Emergency Unit (EU) vehicles was launched in Hong Kong Island and New Territories South Regions in December 2020 and January 2021 respectively.
The project team is generally satisfied with the initial trial results after making technical adaptations and workflow integration. EU officers could quickly stock-take the gear by reading the RFID hand-held reader. Particularly during the change of shift, since the stock-taking procedures are simplified, officers can focus on examining the condition of the gear. The development team will continue to liaise with the concerned parties and conduct a comprehensive review in three months. Understanding that patrol cars and EU vehicles are equipped with different gear, the development team will collaborate with patrol sub-units with a view to extending the RFID In-vehicle Gear Management System to various vehicles. Besides, the ISLAB will also study the possibility of using RFID in its annual inventory check.
RFID has a wide range of applications. It is broadly applicable in logistics and item handover management. Officers who have any innovative suggestions on putting RFID into use may contact Superintendent Ho Yiu-cheung (Tel: 3660-7120) or Acting Chief Inspector Wong Chung-yin (Tel:3669-4330) of the ISLAB for feasibility discussion.