Savi calls active RFID market mature, signs 7 licensees

Savi Technology, a provider of active radio frequency identification (RFID)-based technologies, said seven companies have licensed its active RFID technology, signaling a maturing market for the RFID industry. The licensees gain access to Savi’s intellectual property for active RFID products based on the ISO 18000-7 active RFID air protocol standard, Savi noted in a Jan.

03/01/2007


Savi Technology, a provider of active radio frequency identification (RFID)-based technologies, said seven companies have licensed its active RFID technology, signaling a maturing market for the RFID industry. The licensees gain access to Savi’s intellectual property for active RFID products based on the ISO 18000-7 active RFID air protocol standard, Savi noted in a Jan. 11 statement.

“Broad participation in our ISO 18000-7 licensing program is a sign of a maturing market for active RFID, and a confirmation that standardization will continue to turbo-charge this marketplace,” said Bob Kramer, chief executive officer of Savi Technology. “The commitment demonstrated by multiple companies under the licensing program is significant to the growth of RFID’s benefits in supply chain asset tracking and other applications. This also establishes a sound baseline for interoperability and future implementation of RFID-based electronic seals and other container security devices.”

Savi Technology, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin, launched its ISO 18000-7 RAND (Reasonable and Non-Discriminatory) program on Aug. 24, 2006, with a “Quick Start” program that ended Dec. 31, and an ongoing “basic” licensing program. The seven participants, Savi says, will provide the market with best-of-breed, properly licensed equipment based on international standards. The companies are:

  • Apogee Total Solutions, formerly Active RFID Systems Inc.

  • Convergence Systems Ltd, based in Hong Kong.

  • Evigia Systems Inc., based in Ann Arbor, MI.

  • Graphic Industries Inc. of Pennsville, NJ.

  • Hi-G-Tek, based in Rockville, MD.

  • Identec Solutions, headquartered in Lustenau, Austria.

  • Impeva Labs, based in California’s Silicon Valley.

Savi says it has more than 16 years of experience in providing active RFID solutions for the management and security of supply chain assets, shipments, and consignments. Its parent company, Lockheed Martin, headquartered in Bethesda, MD, employs about 140,000 people, and reported 2005 sales of $37.2 billion.

www.savi.com





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