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Asset Tracking Solution: Symbol Technologies ISV Partner Intellitrack®, Inc. Provides Asset Tracking Solution For High-Value Military Parts

IntelliTrack, Inc.
12/5/2006

Serco implements an inventory tracking system for military parts and materials using IntelliTrack RFID software and Symbol Technologies mobile computers at Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center, Code 2622, EHF Satellite Communications Branch, San Diego, CA.

IntelliTrack, Inc., a leading developer of barcode, RFID and wireless software, and Symbol Technologies, Inc., The Enterprise Mobility Company™, today announced a joint inventory tracking solution that was effectively implemented at the Extremely High Frequency Satellite Communications (EHF SATCOM) branch of the Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) Systems Center in San Diego, CA. SPAWAR provides fleet engineering services and information technology resources to the U.S. war fighter, managing information essential to successful military operations. The solution was integrated in conjunction with Serco, a designer of innovative service solutions for government, institutional and commercial customers.
 
 
Serco worked with IntelliTrack to develop a solution that bridged SPAWAR’s current government configuration management software with Intellitrack’s Fixed Assets RFID software, utilizing Symbol’s MC9060-G RFID mobile computers to help ensure the efficient inventory of parts and materials. The solution enables high-value military parts to be tagged with a passive RFID tag and stored by location in the RFID system. As parts are transfered to new locations or moved through assemblies, inventories are updated by operators using the IntelliTrack software program in conjunction with Symbol’s RFID mobile computers.

Previously, conducting an inventory of 85 circuit card assemblies (CCA) in an EHF system terminal took approximately two hours to complete. With passive RFID tags installed on each CCA, the inventory can now be completed in less than five minutes. The time required to inventory one EHF terminal is reduced to less than 1/24th of the previous time.

“Fixed Assets RFID is a leading technology in the automated data collection industry. In live tests, it was able to decrease physical inventory time by 75 percent,” said James Budniakiewicz, President of IntelliTrack. “It’s wonderful to see a significant government institution, like SPAWAR, utilizing this new and efficient technology.”

The EHF SATCOM branch of SPAWAR tracks high-value government-owned equipment and manages a very large configuration management database. With IntelliTrack’s Fixed Assets RFID software, SPAWAR can change asset locations easily using Symbol’s handheld RFID mobile computer as materials move through different locations or assemblies. The use of RFID technology allows for the reconciliation of materials in real-time, drastically reducing SPAWAR’s manual inventory time. Parts and materials are instantly recorded as missing, invalid or valid upon scanning a location, allowing the operator to verify each part’s status. Through the use of this system, inventory time and human error are greatly reduced. With a more accurate database, SPAWAR will decrease expenditures and require fewer spare parts to be purchased.

“We are seeing an increasing need by customers in the government space to quickly locate assets in large environments,” said Anthony Bartolo, vice president and general manager of Symbol’s Wireless Infrastructure and RFID Divisions. “SPAWAR is an excellent example of using secure RFID technology to efficiently track assets and reduce errors in operational efficiencies.”

About IntelliTrack, Inc.
IntelliTrack is the leading developer of affordable software for barcode, RFID, batch and WiFi (RF) data collection. Applications for the software include inventory control, warehouse management, and asset tracking. More than 13,000 copies of IntelliTrack software have been deployed on over 40,000 mobile computers and wireless terminals worldwide. For further information, visit www.intellitrack.net.

About Symbol Technologies
Symbol Technologies, Inc., The Enterprise Mobility Company™, is a recognized worldwide leader in enterprise mobility, delivering products and solutions that capture, move and manage information in real time to and from the point of business activity. Symbol enterprise mobility solutions integrate advanced data capture products, radio frequency identification technology, mobile computing platforms, wireless infrastructure, mobility software and world-class services programs. Symbol enterprise mobility products and solutions are proven to increase workforce productivity, reduce operating costs, drive operational efficiencies and realize competitive advantages for the world's leading companies. More information is available at www.symbol.com.
 

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