Savi hybrid RFID tag made available

  • 25-Jun-2009 03:32 EDT
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Lockheed Martin unit Savi Technology in June announced three new RFID products, including a tag.

Savi Technology says its hybrid ST-694 GlobalTag is the first asset and shipment monitoring device that combines GPS, active RFID (radio frequency identification), and satellite communications technologies. It allows for continuous monitoring and precise location information of supply chain assets almost anytime and anywhere, including areas where there is no terrestrial reader infrastructure.

The company, a unit of Lockheed Martin, on June 10 also announced availability of two other Savi innovations: an updated SmartChain 6.0 adaptive application software suite and an active RFID real-time locating system (RTLS).

The GlobalTag tracking technology for now is available in select quantities for pilot field operations. It is designed for continuous in-transit visibility of shipments and mobile supply chain assets, such as transport vehicles, container shipments, or large and valuable equipment.

The tag was codeveloped, tested, and trialed with machine-to-machine solution and service provider Numerex Corp. and leverages that company’s strength as a leading provider of full-service, highly secure M2M machine-to-machine network services and solutions. Plans call for Savi GlobalTag to become generally available as a DASH7 technology later this year, supporting the ISO 18000-7 standard for active RFID, which will help promote interoperability with compatible networks and devices.

Savi has provided the active RFID products for the U.S. Department of Defense’s In-Transit Visibility network, which is the world's largest RFID network. The network tracks about 35,000 conveyances daily across more than 4000 locations and 40 countries.

The company’s SmartChain 6.0 is a flexible software application for managing assets, inventory, and shipments both within facilities and throughout the global supply chain. This sixth-generation software from the 20-year-old company drives just-in-time operations by providing decision makers with up-to-date information about the location, condition, and security of their assets.

The product is designed to ease the integration of automatic identification and data capture (AIDC) technologies—such as bar codes, IUID, RFID, GPS, and sensors—into existing business processes. Savi also offers a comprehensive software toolkit, which includes source for the applications, to make it vastly simpler and more cost-effective to add and transform real-time data from AIDC technologies.

SmartChain 6.0 features a refreshed user interface built using Web 2.0 tools and techniques. Upon login, users see a dashboard summary of automated alerts and analytics tailored for that user.

Savi says its real-time locating system using DASH7 technology automatically locates assets in facilities or industrial yards in a less expensive and easier way than conventional RTLS systems. Savi RTLS breaks through the cost, complexity, and configuration barriers of other RTLS solutions that are based on Wi-Fi, WLAN, or other wireless data technologies, the company says.

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