Our environment is fast depleting and we humans are being inhuman to it to such an extent that our future generations would have to suffer as a result. In first such initiative to prevent our forest resources from getting depleted due to illegal lumbering activities Malaysia is planning to implement RFID technology to save Mother Nature. The Natural Resources and Environment Ministry of Malaysia is looking forward to use RFID technology on trees in order curb timber theft. It is expected that RFID system can help authorities in detecting stolen timber. Under the project the ministry plans to insert RFID chips into trees and use the data for tracking the trees.
In case the timber is stolen the RFID chips will emit radio waves when it passes through the checkpoint. It is expected to help the authorities in tracking timber theft and find out the location from where it was stolen. This is expected to curb theft incidences which have crossed unimaginable figures.
In Malaysia timber theft has been a problem in Malaysian states such as Perak, Pahang, Terengganu, Kedah and Kelantan. Most of illegal tree felling was undertaken by the same logging companies which had been awarded timber concessions. In recent investigations it was found out that companies had been cutting trees outside the concession areas which had been awarded to them. The ministry feels that it is the perfect way to address the incidences of timber theft.
It seems to be an appreciative move by Malaysia and other countries should definitely take inspiration from the move of Malaysia and implement RFID for conservation of forests so that we can prevent our environment from getting depleted and make our future even better.