Defense Logistics Agency Taps RFID Solutions for Distribution Centers Worldwide

ODIN technologies teams with Symbol Technologies to support recent contract win with the DLA for Department of Defense initiative

ODIN technologies teams with Symbol Technologies to support recent contract win with the DLA for Department of Defense initiative

Holtsville, NY — July 12, 2006 — Radio frequency identification specialist ODIN technologies has tapped Symbol Technologies to support its recent contract win with the United States Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), the United States Department of Defense's (DoD) logistics combat support agency that provides supplies and services to America's military forces worldwide.

ODIN chose Symbol's XR400 series of fixed readers and AN400 antennas as part of a UHF RFID solution that will automatically indicate receipt of incoming RFID-tagged shipments from select DoD suppliers. ODIN's part in the indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract is valued at $14.2 million and calls for the deployment of passive UHF RFID equipment throughout 26 defense distribution centers globally by the end of 2007.

The DLA first used Symbol's RFID technology in its operations in 2005 in support of a mandate for specific suppliers to tag cases and pallets of military supplies shipped to its two busiest distribution centers.

"We are excited to be able to expand our long-standing relationship with the United States government and serve as a strategic partner, helping the DLA to improve its operational efficiency," said Anthony Bartolo, vice president and general manager of Symbol's Wireless Infrastructure and RFID divisions. "With this real-time solution, the DLA has immediate and secure access to information and is better able to manage its inventory while increasing data accuracy and reducing labor costs, ultimately accelerating supplies to the men and women on the front line."

"Military organizations feel a constant need to increase their efficiency and speed while continuing to provide better support to the warfighter," said Patrick J. Sweeney II, president and CEO of ODIN. "We selected Symbol to support our contract win with the DLA because of its RFID market leadership, supply-chain experience and ability to interoperate with our industry best practice software for scaling RFID networks, EasyReader."

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