Asset Tracking with a Smart Container

April 28, 2009
ORLANDO, FLA-Odin’s self-inventorying Smart Container not only tracks location, it also provides detailed visibility of items inside the container. Using passive UHF RFID within the container, the data can be transmitted at item level to any ERP system over various communication mediums, including satellite, cellular, and active RFID.

Smart Container was created for specific and sensitive Department of Defense (DoD) applications. It was designed to fill a gap in the supply chain when items are put into closed containers. It has been refined over the past several years to help fulfill the Office of Secretary of Defense (OSD) order to suppliers to provide low cost passive RFID (pRFID) tags on assets shipped to the government, and provide visibility from “the factory to the foxhole.”

The Smart Container automatically reads tagged items from suppliers as they are loaded or unloaded from shipping containers of various sizes and configurations. The items can also be inventoried from anywhere in the world with the click of the mouse.

“The Smart Container is reinventing RFID,” claims Patrick J. Sweeney II, Odin’s founder. “It is the first solution that not only closes the biggest gap in the supply chain, but is deployable and configurable in under a minute.”