Savi Networks recently recorded the 25,000th commercial cargo shipment tagged with standards-based electronic seals ( e-Seals ) moving through its global wireless network, which is set up at port facilities handling 20 percent of world trade.
The SaviTrak™ information service monitors in real-time the location and security status of commercial cargo shipments.
SaviTrak™ customers in Asia and South America are discovering that the real-time data the system captures from shipments tagged with active Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) e-Seals enhances security visibility, speeds clearance by their countries’ Customs authorities, and reduces in-transit inventory costs.
For example, Emprevi Ltda., a logistics and security firm, said the Savi Networks system has cut security costs in Colombia by $300 per container trip for its customers, which include Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer and Cadbury Adams.
Western Digital, a leader in information storage products, says that per-trip costs have been reduced by $40 for point-to-point shipments from its manufacturing facilities to Royal Thai Customs authorities in Bangkok because the automated security devices speed collaboration and government clearances.
“Today, commercial shippers are discovering the benefits of our automated global network that integrates both security and supply chain visibility information onto a single common platform,” says Neil Smith, chief executive officer of Savi Networks.
“E-Seal-enabled information networks are a key step toward implementing Customs ‘green lanes’ that add extra security, new velocity to global supply chains and greater efficiency for our customers.”
Smith adds that the US Department of Homeland Security’s recent announcement that it plans to mandate mechanical seals on all containers coming into the United States after Oct. 15, 2008 is an important step on the path to safer ports and borders.
The announced mandate also will help generate even more interest in the deployment of e-Seals to help automate security verification processes.
Smith views the pending mechanical seal mandate as a logical first step toward widespread deployment of ISO 18185 -based e-Seals, which are based in part on the international standard for mechanical seals, ISO 17712.
“While mechanical seals don’t provide the rich benefits of electronic seals, ISO 18185 does incorporate bolt-seal standards, which helps accelerate the trend toward greater use of e-Seals to automate seal verification processes,” Smith says.
In all 25,000-plus shipments, e-Seals were utilized on shipments monitored by SaviTrak™, a software service that captures data automatically from all types of wireless devices attached to shipments moving through Savi Networks’ infrastructure.
Further, Savi Networks is working closely with several international Customs organizations on global container pilot projects utilising e-Seals based on the ISO 18185 standard to evaluate their effectiveness for faster green lane clearances.
Savi Networks has already deployed data capture infrastructure in facilities at the US ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach, Oakland, Savannah and Norfolk; the Chinese ports of Hong Kong, Yantian, Shekou, Shatian, Chiwan and Mawan; the Korean ports of Busan and Kwangyang; the European ports of Rotterdam (Netherlands), and Felixstowe (United Kingdom); and, the ports in Kaohsiung, Taiwan; Laem Chabang, Thailand.
SaviTrak provides automated information and analytics derived from wirelessly captured data on the physical location, security status and environmental condition of inventory.
The data is captured in real-time as inventory moves through a global wireless network operated by Savi Networks.
Savi Networks 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: www.savinetworks.com .