Evigia Systems today announces the launch of SensiTrack™, an integrated RFID solution designed for life-cycle management of hazardous materials and for supply and distribution operations which require specialized product transport, handling and storage conditions.
Evigia’s SensiTrack™ RFID Solution allows precise, continuous monitoring of transit location, container handling, and storage conditions of nuclear and radioactive materials, hazardous waste products, corrosive or toxic chemicals, volatile bulk process ingredients, and other products or materials which are highly sensitive to handling and environmental conditions. The system incorporates a customizable array of sensors and wireless RFID communication to monitor parameters such as transit/storage location, seal breakage, package impact, temperature, humidity, radiation levels, and presence of gases and certain biological elements.
The SensiTrack™ RFID Solution provides sophisticated sensing, monitoring and communication capabilities, incorporating patented active RFID tags equipped with a variety of sensors (EV3-ES1), standard-compliant (ISO 18000-7) fixed and mobile RFID readers (EV3-AFI, EV3-HHI) and a suite of software tools (ARG-US SensiTrack) for location tracking, storage configuration and condition monitoring.
Evigia’s EV3-ES1 Active RFID Sensor Tags incorporate e-seal technology, allowing them to be attached directly to drum-type packages, cargo containers or palletized shipments. The battery-powered active-RFID tags combine a full-range of sensors, onboard memory and secure wireless communications (based on the ISO18000-7 international standard). The RFID tags are based on Evigia’s EV3 Wireless Sensor Platform and offer real-time, continuous monitoring of tampering and seal breakage, physical shock, temperature/humidity, radiation level, and battery status as well as active identification, alarm and data logging functions.
The system also includes Evigia’s EV3-AFI Active Fixed Interrogator and the EV3-HHI Hand-held Interrogator, providing standard 433MHz (ISO 18000-7) networked fixed and mobile interrogation capabilities. The readers are configurable to provide a highly functional and secure Active RFID reader network, with omni-directional read range of up to 350 ft., even in highly metallic environments.
The SensiTrack™ software suite is based upon the award-winning ARG US RFID system, originally developed at Argonne National Laboratory. The software provides continuous, near-real-time tracking and monitoring of the status of packages and materials during transport, in-transit stops and storage/distribution operations. The system manages integration and configuration of multiple RFID tags and interrogators, incorporating secure mobile, desktop and web-based interfaces as well as wide-area communications via satellite and cellular-based systems. All configuration, status monitoring, data logging and alarm notifications are managed via the software, which is easily integrated with legacy software and back-end infrastructure.
Dr. Navid Yazdi, Evigia’s President and CTO, states that “the SensiTrack system enables improvements in safeguards and security, operational efficiency and regulatory compliance that were not previously available in these demanding real-world applications.” According to Dr. Yazdi, the system lowers life-cycle management costs, reduces the requirements for manned surveillance and inspection, minimizes the potential hazardous exposure for plant personnel, extends maintenance cycles of storage and transport vessels, and provides so-called “cradle to grave” management of hazardous waste now required by international agreements.
Evigia collaborated with Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) on the development of customized active RFID sensor tags and has a technology transfer license for sensor and software technologies from ANL. Argonne’s ongoing development work is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Environmental Management in support of its Office of Packaging and Transportation (OPT) Packaging Certification Program.
About Evigia Systems, Inc.
Evigia Systems, Inc. (evigia.com) develops, fabricates and deploys innovative wireless sensor designs, RFID and wireless communications, and specialized ASIC technologies to dramatically improve the functionality and lower the cost of integrated wireless and sensing products. Evigia’s award-winning third-generation EV3 platform delivers smaller size, higher energy efficiency and lower cost products that allow significant improvement in the performance and ROI of wireless sensing and RFID-based solutions. Products in the EV3 family are fully compliant and interoperable within ISO 18000-7 systems.