Numerex Corp. (Nasdaq: NMRX) and Savi, a Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) company, today announced their technology partnership to co-develop what would be the first asset and shipment monitoring device that combines Global Satellite Positioning, active Radio Frequency Identification and Satellite Communications.
The hybrid ST-694 GlobalTag is being developed to provide continuous monitoring and precise location information of assets most anywhere and anytime for defense, public sector and commercial customers. The ST-694 will provide a new cost-effective solution to a growing market demanding new capabilities for both spot-level and ongoing in-transit visibility of their shipments and mobile supply chain assets, such as transport vehicles, container shipments or large and valuable equipment. The solution leverages Numerex's strength as a provider of full-service, highly secure M2M (Machine-to-Machine) network services and solutions and Savi's capabilities in providing a full range of integrated Automatic Identification Technology (AIT) product solutions for supply chain visibility, management and security.
The satellite-based global RFID device will be designed to provide tracking information in the harshest environmental conditions, be scalable, flexible, and deliver real-time visibility to those who need it, on a near global basis. The partners will work together to ensure that the ST-694 GlobalTag becomes HERO (Hazards of Electromagnetic Radiation to Ordnance) certified, and based on 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. DoD'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. Asset owners, chemical, retail, defense, transportation companies, rail, suppliers faced with customer RFID mandates, ocean ports and terminal operators, exporters, importers and logistics service providers benefit from Savi's real-time solutions. Numerex's satellite products support firefighting, hurricane relief operations, and other situations that benefit from an immediate highest ground perspective. Using 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.