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RFID materials order from US Government

Unisys : 19 January, 2009  (Application Story)
Unisys to support the US move to open standard RFID use for its distribution network with order for RFID III hardware and software
Unisys was one of four companies selected by the US Army Program Executive Office-Enterprise Information Systems for a contract for the Radio Frequency Identification III (RFID III) program. Under this contract, which has a total ceiling value of $428 million, Unisys will compete for task orders to provide RFID technology and services to all US federal government agencies as well as to NATO and other coalition partner countries.

This contract broadens the scope of RFID-related technology and services that Unisys can offer to the Department of Defence and other government agencies.

Unisys has been providing RFID solutions as a prime contractor to the US Department of Defence (DoD) since 1994. The partnership has resulted in the creation of one of the largest active RFID networks in the world, the Army's RFID In-Transit Visibility (RF-ITV) system. RF-ITV provides the military with instant access to information about equipment and supplies, enhancing readiness and safety.

Nearly 200 Unisys personnel are deployed worldwide in support of this RFID-based system, which spans more than 31 countries, two US territories and 44 US states. Unisys has installed RFID equipment in more than 1,700 sites worldwide in a wide variety of climates and environments.

Under the new RFID III contact, Unisys will be able to provide the DoD and other federal agencies with RFID technology as well as services. RFID III is the successor to the Army's RFID II contract, awarded in January 2003, and represents a move within the US Department of Defence towards a competitive approach to RFID technology procurements, based on international standards.

Currently, RFID tags are attached to approximately 125,000 shipments of military supplies each week. As shipments pass through field locations, fixed and handheld readers send and receive data to and from the tags. This data is made available to the military for greater visibility into the location and status of shipments.

"With RFID III, Unisys plans to assist the Department of Defence in moving from proprietary technology towards the international standard ISO 18000-7 for a more open RFID infrastructure," said Jim Geiger, Managing Partner, Department of Defence, Unisys Federal Systems. "Unisys is very proud that the DoD has selected Unisys as a partner in implementing these standards. The result will be a less expensive and more flexible and reliable path forward."

Under the contract, Unisys will deploy RFID tags and readers of partner companies Hi-G-Tek and Identec Solutions. Hi-G-Tek and Identec Solutions' products are compliant with ISO 18000-7, one of the most significant new RFID standards and have been tested in extreme physical conditions.

In November, Unisys announced that it supported the US Customs and Border Protection in opening the first US land border crossings using RFID technology to capture, read and analyse traveller and vehicle information. Unisys equipped these sites to process secure RFID-enabled travel documents which include US passport cards and alternative documents.
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