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
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
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 (LMT)
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.