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U.S. Terminal Operators Join Savi System

Marine Terminals Corp. and Trans Pacific Container Service are rolling out Savi Networks' SaviTrak system so their customers can track or secure cargo containers.
By Mary Catherine O'Connor
When a tag is assigned to a container, the SaviTrak database records its unique encoded ID. If the customer has applied passive UHF EPC RFID tags to goods within the container, which might be done to comply with a retailer or government mandate, SaviTrak can link the ST-676 tag ID with a manifest of goods and their tag IDs inside the container. This provides the customer—and any supply chain partners also using the SaviTrak system, such as a third-party logistics provider—a nested view of the cargo's contents.

Savi Networks' vision behind the SaviTrak service is to expand the footprint of Savi readers that enable shippers to track containers. The more ports and terminals offering the SaviTrak readers, the more shippers can elect to deploy the SaviTrak system and leverage the Savi tags either to simply track loads, or to monitor container security and record the containers’ chain of custody. "You can think of this as a mobile phone network," says Fritts, " Some companies just want to make a call, while others want more services, such as e-mail, etc..."

Savi Networks charges shippers, logistics service providers and transportation companies a fee to use and access the SaviTrak network of interrogators and software. The fee is based per container trip and the SaviTrak services selected. When Savi announced plans to offer SaviTrak in April, the company said participating terminal operators would receive a portion of the revenue from tracked containers that pass through their locations offering the SaviTrak service (see Savi, HPH Form Joint Venture).

Savi Networks announced its first pilot of the SaviTrak system involving shipping logistics company Mitsui USA, the New York-based subsidiary of Japan's Mitsui & Co., in September. (See Savi Networks Starts Tracking Cargo.)

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