Savi to Deploy Security and Tracking Network at VPA Terminals

Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Savi Networks announced that it is installing Radio Frequency Identification-based (RFID) technology information services at Virginia Port Authority terminals to further enhance the security and efficiency of cargo container shipments. Under an agreement signed August 22, with the VPA, Savi Networks will deploy a system compatible with international standards (ISO18000-7) at Norfolk International Terminal, Newport News Marine Terminal and Portsmouth Marine Terminal. The network automatically tracks the location and security status of RFID-tagged containers. SaviTrak(TM), the company's web-based managed information service, also will be utilized to deliver real-time information collected by the network infrastructure. "In an era of heightened security concerns, we're glad to help Savi employ its technology at our terminals," said J. Robert Bray, VPA's executive director. Savi Networks, a joint venture between Savi Technology, a Lockheed Martin company, and Hutchison Port Holdings, has similar agreements with a number of major port authorities and terminal operators worldwide who are participating in the development of the company's global information network.

The SaviTrak information service is integrated with an open technology platform that receives and processes real-time data feeds from standards-based RFID technologies as well as other Automatic Identification and Data Collection (AIDC) technologies, such as barcodes, EPC-compliant passive and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) used to track ships and trucks transporting ocean containers. Also, Lockheed Martin has been collaborating with the intermodal industry to better understand and develop solutions to address the myriad security needs across the global supply chain. VPA was a participant in an industry workshop, held at the Lockheed Martin's Center for Innovation in Suffolk, Va., in June, which specifically addressed the issues surrounding integrated domain awareness, port security and Secure Freight.

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