Savi Networks and Emprevi with Automated Network that Secures Cargo
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)-based Information Network Improves Supply Chain Security, Visibility, and Management
During ceremonies yesterday sponsored by the U.S. Embassy, Savi Networks and Emprevi Ltda. officially launched the first Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)-based information network operating in South America that automatically tracks the location and security status of cargo shipments from in-country factories to sea ports. The event signified the transition from a pilot testing phase to full operational production of the information network.
Emprevi, a Colombia-based provider of logistics and security services for major importers and exporters, contracted with Savi Networks to build the information network. The network extends between Emprevi's customers' manufacturing facilities, intermediate transportation checkpoints and ports. Real-time "actionable visibility" provided by Savi's web-hosted, transportation security software helps to cut administrative costs, improve inventory management, decrease safety stock, and reduce the potential for drug trafficking and smuggling, theft, loss, or terrorist intrusions.
"With Savi Networks, we are going live with a fully operational network that leverages the most advanced information and security technologies to give our customers best-of-breed logistics and security services," said Mauricio Barberan Canas, President of Emprevi. "We have rigorously tested and validated the Savi Networks' information system, and now offer it as a value-added service to our customers in the pharmaceutical and healthcare, consumer product goods, food and beverage, transportation and logistics services industries."
"Savi Networks is providing Emprevi and its customers with greater actionable visibility to improve decision-making as well as safeguard global shipments moving in and out of Colombia," said Vic Verma, chief executive officer of Savi Networks. "We plan to expand the network footprint in Colombia, and to integrate it with SaviTrak(TM), our worldwide information network so that Emprevi's customers can have end-to-end visibility of their shipments throughout the global supply chain."
The network of readers capture data transmitted over radio waves from RFID-based e-Seals affixed to containers, and route the information to the transportation security software. In addition to ongoing location and security status information, the software also provides automated alerts on security breaches and other exceptions that users can receive via their emails, cell phones, or PDAs. The network is built on an open technology platform that is compatible with ISO standard 18000-7 for active RFID devices and ISO standard 18185 for electronic container security devices, both operating at the 433.92 MHz radio frequency.
Emprevi is a 100 percent Colombian owned and operated company with more than 20 years of experience in the management and prevention of logistics risks. Emprevi's services have been a fundamental part of the logistics strategy of important multinationals, incorporating deep logistics knowledge, experience and advanced technologies. Clients include Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Gillette, Cadbury Adams, DHL Danzas, NYK Logistics, and Eagle Logistics.
Savi Networks, the operator of a global network providing real-time information services on in-transit inventory, is a joint venture between Savi Technology, Inc., a Lockheed Martin company [NYSE: LMT], and Hutchison Port Holdings. To learn more about Savi Networks, visit: http://www.savinetworks.com/