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Savi, ODIN Offer New Active/Passive Integrated Software Suite

Dugway Proving Ground is the first to use ODIN's passive RFID software with Savi's SmartChain suite to manage active and passive data on a single platform.
By Claire Swedberg
Apr 15, 2010At the Dugway Proving Ground (DPG), located in Utah, the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command (ATEC) is using a new integrated passive and active RFID software platform provided by Savi, a maker of active RFID readers and tags, and ODIN, a provider of passive RFID solutions. DPG, which tests a variety of military hardware throughout the year, is utilizing the combined passive and active RFID solution to track assets used for its testing of chemical and biological agents.

Savi is now offering the same packaged system, using ODIN and Savi software, to other customers in the military, aerospace and large industrial sectors. The Savi-ODIN software solution combines Savi's SmartChain suite (which includes the firm's Site Manager, SmartChain Asset Management and Shipment Management applications) and ODIN's EasyEdge software (which acts as middleware, integrating and interpreting RFID reader data for enterprise system software).

In August 2009, Dugway Proving Ground implemented a pilot project employing Savi 433 MHz active RFID tags and readers (complying with the ISO 18000-7 standard) at its 800,000-acre desert site, to track vehicles, generators and testing equipment, says Kelly A. Sweeda, of Mellor Engineering, who serves as the RFID coordinator at DPG's operations division. At the same time, Dugway sought a system that would enable the tracking of smaller items, such as microscopes and vials, within laboratories at the same location. These assets were too small for active tags, and one alternative was passive EPC Gen 2 ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) tags.

Dugway Proving Ground plans to eventually track approximately 45,000 assets with Savi active tags, and another 25,000 with Gen 2 passive tags and readers. Data from all of the equipment will be received, interpreted and stored on the combined Savi-ODIN platform. According to Sweeda, Dugway hopes to have about a third of the assets tagged and being tracked by the end of this year.

Today, at RFID Journal LIVE! 2010 (being held this week in Orlando, Fla.), Savi and ODIN announced that their combined solution is now commercially available from Savi. "A lot of our customers have expressed a need for a more cohesive system, which wouldn't require multiple vendor integration," says David Stephens, Savi's CEO. The new software package, he explains, will enable those companies to integrate their passive and active RFID systems faster, and with a reduced implementation cost. The platform not only captures data from both passive and active tags, as well as GPS units, but also enables users to run reports and perform research business analytics based on that information.

Stephens predicts that some companies or agencies will use the system with their existing infrastructure, to bring their active and passive RFID hardware together with the single software package, or to add passive RFID technology to their existing Savi active RFID system. Others could launch a new system utilizing both active and passive RFID with the package.

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