Numerex Corporation and Savi, a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin, have announced plans to co-develop an asset and shipment monitoring device which would combine RFID, GPS and satellite communication capabilities. The first-of-its-kind tag, to be called the ST-694 GlobalTag, would provide continuous monitoring and precise location information of assets almost anywhere and at any time for defense, public sector and commercial customers.
The partnership combines Numerex’s expertise in secure machine-to-machine network services and solutions (including satellite-based systems) with Savi’s experience providing supply chain and security solutions based on RFID and other Auto ID technologies. Together, the companies hope to create a new cost-effective solution which meets growing market demand for both spot-level and ongoing in-transit visibility of shipments and mobile supply chain assets, such as transport vehicles, container shipments or valuable large equipment.
As a satellite-based global RFID device, the ST-694 GlobalTag will be designed to provide tracking information in harsh environmental conditions and deliver real-time visibility on a near global basis. The companies plan for the device to be HERO (Hazards of Electromagnetic Radiation to Ordnance) certified and based on the ISO 18000-7 standard for active RFID, to ease integration with compatible networks and devices.