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 RF-ITV network that was set up to support Operation Restore Democracy in Haiti operated from September 1994 to June 1995.
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.
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.
Currently, PM J-AIT is working to integrate MEMS RFID technology into the RF-ITV infrastructure so that users can view the identities, locations, and conditions of their shipments.