Today U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) will hold a press conference at Zebra Technologies’ (Nasdaq: ZBRA) corporate headquarters in Vernon Hills, Ill., to acknowledge Zebra’s leadership role in radio frequency identification (RFID) and to address the benefits RFID technology can bring to the Department of Defense (DoD). The Senator’s visit to Zebra is in conjunction with the $3.5 million in defense appropriations for RFID projects, which the Senator was instrumental in securing for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2005 federal budget.
These allocated funds will be used by the DoD to implement RFID technology to improve the flow of goods through the DoD supply chain. RFID technology will help ensure that U.S. troops throughout the world obtain the proper equipment, weapons, supplies and food when they are needed.
Zebra, a leader in RFID technology, has been active in educating and demonstrating the value of RFID to Senator Durbin and his team. Zebra is a lead member of the AIM RFID Expert Group, whose proposal was incorporated into the DoD’s published RFID shipping label standards. Working with close to 80 percent of companies expected to comply with industry RFID mandates such as those established by the DoD and Wal-Mart, Zebra provided the Senator and his team with real-world examples and insight into RFID technology. The company also educated the Senator on the benefits of this technology to create a more efficient, reliable and cost effective supply chain. The Senator has since become a strong advocate for allocating defense funds for RFID implementation.
Zebra, an American owned and operated company, designs and manufactures all of its printer products in the U.S. It has been developing and investing in RFID technology for nearly 10 years and works with industry leaders to implement RFID technology across a wide variety of applications including manufacturing, supply chain and logistics management, asset tracking, and homeland security.