WASHINGTON, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of Defense is expanding the use of Radio Frequency Identification Technology in the American armed forces.
The DC Velocity we b site reported Friday that by late September, the DOD had equipped 19 Defense Distribution Centers with RFID-capable readers and have already begun to accept shipments supplied with RFID tags.
ODIN Technologies, based in Dulles, Va., installed the RFID hardware under a $7.7 million DOD contract it received in May, with the company proclaiming that it completed the RFID installation in just under 130 days, an industry record, even though each site required extensive acceptance testing before the equipment was approved for use.
ODIN chief executive officer Patrick Sweeney said: "We had to demonstrate 100 percent accuracy on read rates at the case level before we could get paid for each portal. Each portal had to read 20 different Gen 1 and Gen 2 tags on the pallet at 100 percent levels. We were required to do 10 trials of acceptance testing for each pallet. It's much more complex than Wal-Mart, which is just trying to read one pallet tag."