World News: Six companies license Savi’s IP for standardised e-Seals

World News:  Six companies license Savi’s IP for standardised e-Seals

The first six companies have agreed to license Savi’s intellectual property, which is now incorporated into the new global standard (ISO 18185) for electronic cargo seals (e-Seals).

Program participants gain access to Savi’s patent-protected, intellectual property on how these active, battery-powered RFID tags communicate with readers. Savi Technology launched the program in May with its QuickStart program, and continues licensing through its Basic program.

Companies named today as authorised licensees of Savi’s e-Seal RFID patents around ISO 18185 are:

  • Axcess International – provides Dual-Active™ RFID and TLS specialising in tagging solutions.
  • Evigia Systems – Ann Arbor, Michigan-based provider of RFID solutions that leverage sensors directly onto integrated circuits.
  • Envotech – Malaysia-based provider of personal protection equipment and training services for defence, law enforcement and civilian organisations; products exported primarily to Asia, Europe and North America.
  • Identec Solutions – Lustenau, Austria-based specialist in long-range wireless tracking and tracing solutions.
  • KPC – Seoul, South Korea-based provider of IT services and products, such as active RFID.
  • SAVR Communications – Irving, Texas-based creator of standardised and unique RF systems, active tags, custom solutions and services.

According to Savi’s vice president of marketing & licensing, Pat Burns, with 200 million containers passing through the world’s ports each year, the efficient and secure movement of cargo is global priority.

“Savi Technology is committed to building ISO-based RFID networks throughout the world, and having multiple e-Seal licensees with products that can communicate using a standard protocol brings visibility, efficiency and homeland security solutions to customers such as international shippers, government agencies and logistics service providers,” he said.

The US SAFE Port Act of 2006 calls for the US Dept of Homeland Security to define the voluntary use of container security devices in accordance with international standards. USDHS considers ISO 18185, which enables interoperability of products from multiple vendors, as an applicable container security standard.

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