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By Rich Handley

Savi Receives Orders for Active RFID Tags from Two U.S. Defense Agencies

Savi, a provider of big-data and machine-learning analytic solutions, as well as supply chain management software and sensor technology, has announced that it has received orders from two major U.S. defense agencies for active RFID tags. The orders are a continuation of Savi's 28 years supporting the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and allied partners' automatic identification needs, the company reports. The combined orders of more than 48,000 sactive RFID tags will join the more than 1 million Savi active tags currently deployed by the DoD and international militaries around the world.

"These orders continue to signal strong support for the use of active RFID devices within the in-transit visibility network," said Rosemary Johnston, Savi's senior VP of operations, in a prepared statement. "Through improved visibility, the DoD and international military logisticians are able to make timely decisions on parts availability for critical weapon system maintenance, and timely delivery of food, clothing, munitions, and fuel without the need to order 'just in case' safety stocks."

Savi is currently the sole provider for the DoD's RFID-IV contract (#W52P1J-14-D-0014), which has a $102 million ceiling and is in its second and final option year. As the U.S. government considers requirements for the upcoming RFID-V contract, Savi is offering IoT sensors that can quickly communicate RFID information via cellular transmission capabilities, with no infrastructure required. Adding these sensors to the existing active RFID support, Savi explains, will allow the DoD to improve its ability to mitigate risk, reduce excess inventory and streamline asset management.

"Military and civilian government agencies around the world seek next-generation supply chain and asset management visibility solutions. Savi is excited to share our communications-capable IoT sensor technology, which provides lower-cost, in-transit visibility wherever the U.S. military needs it," Johnston said in the prepared statement. "Savi's goal is to help government and militaries support mission readiness, avoid supply chain disruptions and control inventory costs—we believe our new IoT sensors will be a good supplement to today's robust active RFID network."

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