Systems integrator CDO Technologies will deliver passive RFID hardware, software and professional services to the Department of Defense, U.S. Coast Guard, North Atlantic Treaty Organization and other federal agencies–a contract with a potential value of $75.5 million.
Under the contract terms, CDO can be awarded task orders from the Army, Defense Logistics Agency and others to integrate RFID infrastructure with their supply chain, including bar code and RFID readers, printers and tags from partnering companies.
CDO will partner with GlobeRanger Corporation, Sirit Corporation, Concurrent Technologies Corporation, HCI Integrated Solutions, Inc., Bartec Corporation, Avery Dennison-Paxar and XIO Strategies.
One of the leaders in the march to RFID implementation, the DOD and Marines moved toward limiting the use of active tags to identify container loads, choosing to work with less expensive passive tags. The advantage of a passive RFID tag is that it is disposed of at the end of its shipping cycle, saving the expense of tag recovery and repair. Passive RFID consists of an antenna only, without a chip or power source, and acts as a license plate as much as bar codes do, costing less than 5 cents per item.