Tracking and tracing: Principles and practice

Gunnar Stefansson, Bernhard Tilanus

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The meaning of the concepts tracking and tracing is clarified, trying to avoid overlap and making them a complementary pair. Tracking and tracing systems are classified using eight attributes. Seven applications of tracking and tracing systems are analysed using these attributes. It is seen that most existing tracking and tracing systems are of a relatively simple type, but current plans and designs lead one to expect more advanced systems in the near future.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-206
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Services, Technology and Management
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2001

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Publisher Copyright:
Copyright © 2001 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.

Other keywords

  • External logistics
  • Goodsflows
  • Tracing
  • Tracking
  • Transportation


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