RF-ITVRadio Frequency In-Transit Visibility
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"The RF-ITV Tracking Portal traces the identity, status and location of cargo from its point of origin to its destination, via the DoD's worldwide Active RFID Network, which is the largest active RFID network in the world, located in more than 50 countries and including more than 3,600 worldwide read and write sites," said Smith.
Smith demonstrated to the Soldiers in the class the RF-ITV Tracking Portal's Google Earth mapping capability, which enables users to see exactly where interrogators, shipments and conveyances were located anywhere in the world.
"This is standard, commercial Google Earth with RF-ITV data overlaid," said Smith, adding that PEO EIS has obtained authority to operate and a certificate of networthiness for this application, allowing any DoD user to request and obtain the Google Earth download on their computer from their network enterprise center.
"We can use the RF-ITV Tracking Portal from any Common Access Card-enabled PC--and in the future, we will be able to share this visual tool across agencies--such as Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Homeland Security, DoD and the Red Cross--for a common operating picture."
The USAREUR network, the oldest continuously active RF-ITV network, started with 3 read interrogator sites to support Major General Thomas Robison's battlefield distribution initiative.
Transportation arrival transactions are automatically generated when the consignee Department of Defense activity address code (DODAAC) that is written to a tag matches the supported DODAAC entered on the registration page of the RF-ITV read interrogator.
Proper site-naming conventions to use when setting up your site can be found on the documentation page of the RF-ITV tracking portal at https://national.
System administrators can forget to register an interrogator that allows the RF-ITV server to recognize the location where interrogators are reading tags.
Over the past few years, the RF-ITV infrastructure has expanded rapidly to meet the needs of deploying expeditionary forces.
PM J-AIT integrated a commercial sensor application with the RF-ITV server and upgraded the ITV network nodes with sensor read capabilities along the demonstration's distribution routes from USAMMCE to final destinations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
During the demonstration, the tag beaconed and transmitted alert messages to the RF-ITV network whenever an alert event occurred.
The RF-ITV system is managed by the Army's Product Manager, Joint-Automatic Identification Technology which is part of the Army's Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems.