Savi Launches GlobalTag - The First Wireless Tracking Device with GPS, RFID and Satellite Communications
Washington, 06/10/2009 -- Savi Technology, a Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] company, today announced product availability of the first asset and shipment monitoring device that combines a Global Positioning System, active Radio Frequency Identification and Satellite Communications. Savi's hybrid ST-694 GlobalTag provides defense, public sector and commercial customers with continuous monitoring and precise location information of supply chain assets most anytime and anywhere, including areas where there is no terrestrial reader infrastructure.
The announcement was made here at the National Press Club along with availability of two other Savi innovations – a new active RFID Real Time Locating System and updated SmartChain® 6.0 Adaptive Application software suite – on the company's 20th year in business.
The GlobalTag tracking technology, which has been co-developed, tested and trialed with M2M (Machine-to-Machine) solution and service provider Numerex Corp. (NASDAQ: NMRX), is available in select quantities now for pilot field operations. Savi GlobalTag provides a new cost-effective solution to a market demanding new capabilities for continuous in-transit visibility of shipments and mobile supply chain assets, such as transport vehicles, container shipments or large and valuable equipment.
"Savi GlobalTag extends Savi's portfolio of innovative and automated asset management solutions with new abilities for continuous visibility essentially anywhere and anytime," said David Shannon, Savi Technology's senior vice president of Marketing and Strategy. "This device spans visibility across existing RFID networks and into remote areas where traditional active RFID infrastructure is not practical, such as desert military bases or offshore oil and gas rigs. This will deliver improved, seamless visibility throughout the supply chain regardless of physical location."
The solution leverages Numerex's strength as a leading provider of full-service, highly secure M2M (Machine-to-Machine) network services and solutions and Savi's premier capabilities in providing a full range of integrated Automatic Identification and Data Collection technologies for supply chain visibility, management and security.
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 that tracks about 35,000 conveyances daily across more than 4,000 locations and 40 countries. Savi's real-time solutions drive value for commercial enterprises, defense agencies and other government customers.
Numerex's satellite products support firefighting, hurricane relief operations, and other situations that benefit from an immediate highest ground perspective. Utilizing satellite technologies for emergency management organizations in need of general field logistics capabilities, Numerex delivers tracking solutions tailored to various industries from cargo tracking to defense logistics.
As a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT], Savi is a leading provider of supply chain information and technology solutions and services. These capabilities include real-time solutions based on active Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and other Automatic Identification and Data Capture technologies that improve the visibility, management and security of supply chain assets, shipments and consignments. For more information, visit www.savi.com.
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.