An International Connection: Real Time Location of Cargo From Hong Kong To Japan

March 23, 2007
First time RFID tag generated information was exchanged with EPCglobal.

Oracle and Savi Technology announced on March 22 that they have completed a pilot project initiated by GS1 EPCglobal to provide a link to track, in real time, the location of cargo containers shipped from Hong Kong to Japan.

The project marks the first time that real-time information generated from active, battery-powered RFID tags on sea containers was exchanged with EPC Information Services (EPCIS), a draft GS1 EPCglobal standard enabling trading partners to communicate in a common computer language on objects moving throughout the supply chain.

"Because of the wide variety of participants in a supply chain, open standards are essential to give all authorized people visibility of all of the critical events involved in the chain. Oracle has been working with EPCglobal for some time in the development of standards," said Peggy Chen, principal product director, Oracle.

Oracle and Savi achieved the interface as part of Phase One of the GS1 EPCglobal Transport and Logistics RFID Pilot, which is a two-phase project involving a number of companies using EPCglobal standards to enable greater transport visibility across stakeholders, countries and continents.

Savi Technologies is a Lockheed Martin company that provides active Radio Frequency Identification solutions for the management and security of supply chain assets, shipments and consignments. EPCglobal is the not-for-profit standards organization driving adoption of the Electronic Product Code to improve supply chain performance.

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