DASH7 Alliance formed to advance wireless data technology

DASH7 Alliance formed to advance wireless data technology

The US Dept of Energy and three of its national laboratories (Argonne, Oak Ridge and Pacific Northwest) as well as the University of Pittsburgh plan to serve as technical advisors.

Based on the ISO 18000-7 standard, the technology provides commercial and government users with the ability to track the whereabouts and status of a wide range of everyday objects, including vehicles, shipping containers, pharmaceutical products, hazardous materials, perishable goods and manufacturing and operational equipment.

The DASH7 Alliance will work to ensure cross-vendor interoperability as well as to promote greater use of the ISO 18000-7 wireless data standard, which is more cost effective, more reliable, and operates at lower power levels than ZigBee and similar wireless data technologies.

The DASH7 Alliance will also foster new wireless data innovations based on the standard, including advanced sensor networking, electronic seals, mobile phone integration, and other advances enabled through upcoming DASH7 developer resources.

"The DASH7 Alliance is an important next step for the wireless industry as DASH7-ready products become more ubiquitous," said David Stephens, CEO of Savi Technology. "By assembling this coalition of both end users and technology companies, we can promote greater interoperability and reliability, but also inspire greater innovation around a common standard."

Dr James Shuler, manager of the US Dept of Energy's Packaging Certification Program, pointed out that as RFID technologies grow from infancy into an industry, it is important to set a common standard for how all of these new applications are going to be designed and built.

According to Michael Liard, RFID practice director at ABI Research, the DASH7 Alliance is both timely and mission critical to growing the active UHF segment of the RFID market. The Alliance will enable industry stakeholders to share and discuss ISO 18000-7 technical issues, such as advancing the standard on a global scale; identify and eliminate potential grey areas; and share information about wins and pitfalls. It will also work to build applications on top of the core standard, including electronic seals, RTLS, sensing and monitoring, long distance communication, and more.

Semiconductor manufacturers STMicroelectronics and Analog Devices plan to provide hardware developer toolkits that enable product innovations and enhance interoperability, and Texas Instruments also plans to be a DASH7 participant.

The University of Pittsburgh plans to serve as the initial test and certification lab for DASH7-enabled products.

The DASH7 Alliance is a coalition of organisations from multiple industries that are committed to collaborating on the promotion of wireless data technologies based on the ISO 18000-7 standard. Organisations initially planning to participate include Analog Devices, Dow, Evigia Systems, Hi-G-Tek, IDENTEC Solutions, KPC, Lockheed Martin, Michelin, Northrop Grumman, RFind, Savi Technology, STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments, and Unisys.

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