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Dubai launches smart system to track water container refills

Dubai Municipality signs deal with Swiss company to allow food sources to be traced

Dubai launches smart system to track water container refills

Dubai Municipality has agreed a deal with Swiss secure identification company SICPA to ensure five-gallon water bottles are not refilled too many times.

The system enables consumers to scan goods to confirm their origin and detect potential uncertified products.

The contract will initially focus on water bottles and also the tracking of halal products.

SICPA’s smart track and trace technology, called SICPATRACE, guarantees goods are authentic and they conform to accreditation standards.

The smart labels used for tracking functions can be applied to a variety of products such as packaged foods, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, dairy products and food supplements.

"Through this solution we will be able to trace bottled water and monitor the safety of both the container and the contents by means of smart labelling and laser engraving,” said Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director-General of Dubai Municipality.

“This method will enable us to know how many times the bottle has been used and analyse different testing parameters for the water.

"This is only the beginning. The project will continue to monitor halal and other food products in phases within an agreed timeframe.

“Dubai aims to become the smartest city in the world. That is why our teams at our various departments strive hard to add new smart solutions to make Dubai a global model and pioneer in smart and sustainable urban living.”

SICPA facilitates identity protection, secure transactions and product integrity on more than 80 billion products a year.

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