Savi Technology Offers Development Tools to Build Successful RFID Solutions

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., 06/30/2010 --

Savi Technology, a Lockheed Martin company [NYSE: LMT], today announced that for the first time in its two decades of business it is opening up its proven suite of RFID hardware and supply chain software tools to developers who want to leverage them for their own market applications.

Called the Savi Developer program, solution providers can now gain quick access to component technologies that have made Savi Technology a leading provider of active RFID-based supply chain and asset management solutions for government and commercial customers worldwide. Savi Developer Tools, which can be ordered online, include:

  • Web Services API (Application Program Interface), which utilizes Savi's broad portfolio of supply chain software web services to build web-hosted software products.
  • Adaptive Applications, which leverage the functionality of Savi SmartChain® software applications to develop asset management and supply chain management solutions.
  • RFID Hardware Components, which enable developers to embed DASH-7 (ISO-18000-7) products into their own hardware and software products.

(More about the Savi Developer program and a new RFID system-on-a-chip will be explained today at 2pm (EDT) in an "RFID Independence Day" webcast hosted by the "RFID Journal" that includes executives from Savi, Comtech Mobile Datacom and ODIN Technologies).

Online orders include access to the Savi Developer forum, hardware and software development tools, software source code, protocols for technical interfaces and OEM components for Savi's RFID readers and tags. More information about the program can be found by clicking here.

"The Savi Developer program will help to accelerate deployment of RFID-based solutions to meet growing demand in a market that continues to mature," said David Stephens, Chief Executive Officer, Savi Technology. "This is a milestone event for Savi Technology and the industry because it helps to rapidly extend proven real-time solutions into existing and completely new supply chain, manufacturing or consumer goods markets."

Stephens emphasized that the Savi Developer program will make it easier for other RFID developers to embed standards-based technology either as complete products or component parts within a full solution to diverse markets, whether it's tracking automotive parts for assembly, food and beverages moving through the supply chain or pharmaceutical goods in a distribution center. Currently, Savi Technology's solutions provide real-time visibility on the location, security and condition of supply chain assets for industries such as defense, chemical, retail, transportation, oil and gas, and emergency relief.

Tools available under Savi's program are composed of hardware and software. The hardware, which operates on the 433.92 MHz frequency, has proven to be a low-power technology with long data transmission ranges that perform in all kinds of harsh or heavy metal environments, and forms the backbone of the U.S. Department of Defense's In-Transit Visibility network – the world's largest RFID cargo tracking system. Savi SmartChain software transforms automated data into actionable information to monitor the location, security and condition of assets while in-transit or on-site.

Savi Web Services are state-of-the art Web Services for developers who want to build Web Applications with market-leading Item Unique Identification IUID and Supply Chain Management capabilities. Savi SmartChain Adaptive Applications gives developers the framework to adapt software applications to their specific market needs. The Savi OEM Reader board allows users to build active RFID read capabilities into their own RFID products. The reader boards support both ANSI 256 and ISO 18000-7 (DASH7) standards, the latter of which the company helped to define. The Savi OEM Tag Module gives developers all the core components for an RFID tag, and enables tag-to-tag communications with GPS, Satellite Communications and other Automatic Identification and Data Collection devices.

Based on industry standards, the availability of these applications and kits will allow providers to rapidly develop interoperable solutions for the benefit of commercial and government markets worldwide.

As a wholly owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT], Savi Technology is a leading provider of supply chain information and technology solutions and services. These capabilities include real-time solutions based on active Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and other Automatic Identification and Data Capture technologies that improve the visibility, management and security of supply chain assets, shipments and consignments. For more information, visit www.savi.com.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 136,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The corporation reported 2009 sales of $45.2 billion.

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For Lockheed Martin: Mark Nelson; (650) 316-4872; mnelson@savi.com

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