ERAI Inc. and the UKEA announce landmark information sharing agreement

NAPLES, Fla., April 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- ERAI, Inc. and the UKEA announce landmark information sharing agreement

ERAI, the industry's leading source of risk assessment information related to counterfeit electronics and high risk parts in the electronics supply chain, and the UK Electronics Alliance (UKEA), a consortium of the leading trade associations representing the UK electronics sector, are pleased to announce that they have reached an agreement to share information on counterfeit and high risk parts.

With reports of counterfeit parts in the electronics supply chain still increasing at an alarming rate infiltrating even the most secure supply chains, the sharing of information between the world's largest database of non-conforming material and the leading online resource for information on counterfeiting in the electronics supply chain will bring significant benefits to their respective client communities.

ERAI and the UKEA will 'swap' partial information from their respective online suspected counterfeit parts databases so that both databases will contain thousands of documented suspect counterfeit reports.  The manufacturer's name, part number and the date the part was originally reported will be shared but further information such as the date code and how to identify that the part is counterfeit will only be accessible from the originator's database.

The transfer of information from ERAI to the UKEA's www.anticounterfeitingforum.com website has already been completed and includes links from each entry to the ERAI database to enable ERAI's subscribers to view the original entry with a single click. A corresponding transfer from the UKEA to ERAI will be completed shortly.

ERAI and the UKEA will also share new suspect part information as they are reported to enable their respective client communities to benefit from the world's most comprehensive email alert service.

Mark Snider, President of ERAI, Inc., said, "By sharing information from our database with the UKEA, we hope to raise awareness relative to the true extent of the problem of counterfeiting in the global electronics supply chain and benefit the wider electronics community".

Peter Brooks, Chairman of the UK Electronics Alliance, said, "By collaborating in this way, two of the most significant organizations leading the fight against counterfeiting in the electronics supply chain have achieved a great step forward by increasing visibility of where the risks exist."

About ERAI Inc.

ERAI, Inc. is a privately held global information services organization that monitors, investigates and reports issues affecting the global semiconductor supply chain. Since 1995, ERAI tools and services have assisted buyers and sellers from all sectors of the supply chain in preventing loss by mitigating risk in the material purchasing process. With the world's largest database of non-conforming material, ERAI is leading the fight against the sale of counterfeit and high-risk components and promoting a higher level of awareness via data-sharing, education, training and networking. 

For further information on ERAI, Inc., contact them at:
3899 Mannix Drive, Unit 421, Naples, FL 34114, USA
Phone:  +1 239 261 6268 
Email: info@erai.com
Web:  www.erai.com 

About UKEA

The UK Electronics Alliance (UKEA) is an alliance of the UK's 10 leading electronics industry trade associations with a combined membership of over 1,500 UK companies, of which over 1,200 are SMEs, and an overall 'reach' of nearly 7,000 UK companies. As an organization, the Alliance enables two-way communication between members and Government and acts in a coordinating role on key issues affecting the UK electronics sector.  In 2009, the UKEA set up www.anticounterfeitingforum.com, a free-to-access online resource signposting the most relevant and up to date information on, and the latest developments to combat, the threat of counterfeit components in the electronics supply chain. The website currently receives over 2,500 visits per week.

For further information on the UKEA, contact them at:

Phone: + 44 (0)1959 561345

Email:  ukelectronicsalliance@gmail.com

Web:    www.ukelectronicsalliance.org.uk

Web:    www.anticounterfeitingforum.com

CONTACT:
Kristal Snider
+1 239 261 6268

SOURCE ERAI, Inc.



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