Ramping Up RFID, EPC Products

Savi says upgraded, modular products to advance global military and commercial supply chain networks

Savi says upgraded, modular products to advance global military and commercial supply chain networks

Sunnyvale, CA — February 20, 2004 — In a bid to enhance the interoperability of various automatic identification and data collection (AIDC) technologies, Savi Technology Inc. this week announced a new portfolio of software and radio frequency identification (RFID) tags.

The products include Savi SmartChain Client Tools, SmartChain Mobile Manager, SmartChain Site Manager, SaviTag ST-651(RFID tag for mid-size supply chain assets), and SaviTag ST-654 (RFID tag for all types of supply chain assets).

Savi said the upgraded data collection products — Savi SmartChain Client Tools, SmartChain Mobile Manager and SmartChain Site Manager — serve as the "on-ramp" to military and commercial real-time networks, especially the U.S. Department of Defense's In-Transit Visibility (ITV)/Total Asset Visibility (TAV) network. The products also support capture and transfer of data from technologies based on emerging EPCglobal (electronic product code) standards.

The company said the new generation of AIDC-linked products enable "nested visibility" as well as end-to-end visibility of shipments and their contents from point of origin to final destination.

Savi Technology's software and active RFID products have been incorporated in building the DoD's ITV/TAV network infrastructure, with over 800 nodes in more than 45 countries, and in developing the Smart and Secure Tradelanes (SST) network, the largest industry-driven initiative to improve the security and efficiency of transporting containerized cargo that extends to 16 seaports worldwide. In addition, the product line enables the technical convergence of these public sector and commercial networks for greater interoperability with RFID systems, including other AIDC technologies and those based on EPC standards.

"All of these products, available for government and commercial deployments, have been honed from 'lessons learned' in over a decade of providing solutions for one of the world's largest supply chains — the U.S. Department of Defense," said David Stephens, Savi's senior vice president, Public Sector. "These products are focused on the data collection part of the technology stack and help integrate multiple AIDC technologies into our on-ramp to the ITV network."

Savi emphasized that all the products are "backwards compatible" with existing government and commercial networks and are based on the company's EchoPoint technology, which uses dual radio frequencies for simultaneous short-range, slot-level tracking and long-range, wide-area location.

The products were unveiled at the Savi Technology RFID Center near Washington DC during this week's "RFID Symposia for DoD Suppliers."