Wireless Applications

Savi Gets USAF Approval for RFID Tracking

August 13, 2009

Tags based on the ISO 18000-7 standard were certified for all aircraft transporting defense supplies. The RFID devices were found not to interfere with onboard avionics.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- The U.S. Air Force (USAF) has approved usage of Savi Technology's radio-frequency identification (RFID) asset tracking and security devices aboard all sizes and classifications of fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft—government, commercial, passenger, or cargo—that transport supplies for the U.S. Department of Defense. Certification of Savi's RFID devices followed extensive tests, determining that they did not interfere with onboard avionics, such as radios, navigation, or flight instruments.

RFID tags from Savi Technology, a Lockheed Martin company, have been used successfully for years aboard U.S. military aircraft under other certification programs, but USAF's certification now broadens their usage aboard all kinds and sizes of aircraft throughout all the services. Eight of Savi's RFID tags, which can be affixed to supplies, unit load devices, containers, pallets and other transport conveyances, were approved under MIL-STD-46IF and MIL-STD-464A, which addresses electromagnetic interference issues.

Previously, Savi Technology became the first company to receive Supplemental Type Certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration for usage of one of its RFID tags on a commercial aircraft.

"U.S. Air Force certification of our broad portfolio of RFID tags extends the ability of the DoD to further automate monitoring of its supplies end-to-end across all modes of transportation," said David Stephens, Chief Executive Officer of Savi Technology. "This clearance provides further validation that Savi's RFID devices can be safely used aboard government or commercial aircraft to improve the efficiency, security, and condition of in-transit supplies."

Savi's standards-based RFID can be used for multiple applications, ranging from simple asset tracking to security monitoring and, when embedded with sensors, to check the health of assets by monitoring environmental changes, such as temperature, humidity and shock. Savi's active, battery-powered RFID tags are compliant with the ISO 18000-7 standard and are interoperable with all 18000-7-compliant devices and reader infrastructure provided by the automatic identification technology industry.

18000-7-compliant RFID devices developed by Savi Technology are safe aboard aircraft because they transmit only microwatts of power intermittently in short data packets. The tags also can be de-activated, or turned off, but the USAF evaluations, which were done in real-world taxi and flight scenarios, as well as in laboratories, determined that they were safe aboard aircraft even when activated continuously.

The U.S. DoD and allied international defense forces in Europe and Pacific Asia track more than 35,000 shipments daily, tagged with Savi's RFID devices by air, rail, ship, and truck across more than 4000 locations and 50 countries. Savi Technology helped build the DoD's In-Transit Visibility network, the world's largest RFID cargo-tracking system. Savi's SmartChain software suite, when integrated with DASH-7 technologies (ISO 18000-7-based devices), can optimize the performance and efficiency of assets moving throughout local and global supply chains.

About Savi
As a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin, Savi Technology is a leading provider of real-time supply chain information and technology solutions and services. These capabilities include active RFID technology and other automatic identification and data collection technology solutions that improve the visibility, management, and security of supply chain assets, shipments and consignments.

About Lockheed Martin
Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 146,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products, and services. The corporation reported 2008 sales of $42.7 billion.

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