Lockheed Martin subsidiary Savi Technology has announced the availability of its GlobalTag asset and shipment monitoring device. The hybrid ST-694 GlobalTag is the first monitoring device to combine active RFID, GPS, and satellite communications technology, offering users nearly continuous monitoring and precise location information of supply chain assets, including areas lacking a land-based reader infrastructure.
The device was designed in cooperation with the Numerex Corporation, and leveraged Numerex’s expertise in secure machine-to-machine network services and solutions (including satellite-based systems) along with Savi’s experience providing supply chain and security solutions based on RFID and other Auto ID technologies. The partnership between Savi and Numerex, with the explicit goal of developing the GlobalTag technology, was announced earlier this year.
The GlobalTag offers a cost-efficient solution for customers looking for continuous in-transit visibility of shipments and mobile supply chain assets, such as transport vehicles, container shipments or large and valuable equipment. The device is expected to have particular appeal in the defense industry, both military and private sector, and in the commercial shipping market.
“This device spans visibility across existing RFID networks and into remote areas where traditional active RFID infrastructure is not practical, such as desert military bases or offshore oil and gas rigs,” says David Shannon, a senior vice president at Savi Technology.