Orbcomm, Savi win five-year Dept of Defense contract

Satellite player Orbcomm and analytics specialist Savi have won a five-year US Department of Defense contract as the sole providers to the $204 million RFID-IV program.

Under the deal, the two companies will provide satellite and RFID tags as well as other sensor technologies using Orbcomm’s (Rochelle Park, NJ, USA) global communications network.

The technologies will allow government customers to monitor the location of their cargo and send real-time alerts if there is a security breach or other anomaly.

The RFID-IV program has been set up to offer a wide range of technology solutions –including newly upgraded radio frequency identification (RFID), satellite-based Enhanced In-Transit Visibility (EITV) and Advanced Intrusion Tracking Detection products – to a wide range of government customers for tracking of personnel and equipment worldwide.

Those customers include the Army, Navy, Air Force, USTRANSCOM, Special Forces and the Defense Logistics Agency.

“We are proud to be part of the winning team that Savi [Alexandria, VA, USA] has assembled to meet the RFID, sensor and satellite technology requirements of the RFID-IV contract,” said Marc Eisenberg, Orbcomm’s chief executive.

“We believe that the synergy of our powerful satellite M2M technology and cargo monitoring solutions combined with Savi’s analytics expertise provides the best of both worlds within the same logistics management framework and all from a single provider,” he added. “Our joint offerings will significantly expand the depth and breadth of cargo intelligence and security on a global scale for our government customers.”

The companies say they will continue to develop new technologies that leverage RFID and satellite tracking solutions for their government customers.