Six win RFID reader deals

Readers Will be Used Throughout DOD

By Bob Brewin

The Army awarded yesterday six contracts for Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) readers for use throughout the Defense Department and Coast Guard.
The readers, which use a short-range radio signal to interrogate shipping information stored in passive tags affixed to pallets and cases, will be installed at DOD logistics facilities worldwide. DOD has mandated that all its suppliers use RFID tags on all shipments by 2007.
The broad purchase agreement (BPA) contracts awarded yesterday cover both fixed and portable readers and complements an award for RFID tags this March. The Army did not provide a dollar value on the contracts, but individual orders cannot exceed $5 million in value.
Companies tapped by the Army to supply RFUD readers are: ADT Security Services Inc., Cheval Rouge LLC, Intecs International Inc., RSI ID Technologies, Sys-Tec Corp., and WFI Government Services Inc.

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