Dulles, Va. — ODIN technologies, a leader in radio frequency identification design, testing and deployment, recently was awarded another RFID patent. The patent is related to a project — the Secure Material Accounted in Real Time (SMART) container. It was issued because the device relates to a wide range of embodiments having active and/or passive RFID to provide efficient and accurate visibility of assets as they travel in a closed container.
One embodiment of the technology would be for updating contents of a container to a “parent” tag on the exterior of the container. This would allow an accurate inventory of the contents by simply interrogating the tag on the outside of the container. As items are added or removed, the SMART container updates the parent tag so that anytime the parent tag is interrogated, all contents are accounted for without requiring human intervention.
“The SMART container patent is another example of ODIN technologies solving real-world RFID challenges through innovation. Our extensive work in the military, aerospace and health care industries revealed a common challenge. People would put contents into a box, update the contents to an exterior tag, but never update the inventory when items were removed. This leads to inventory inaccuracy and added effort,” said Patrick J. Sweeney II, president and CEO of ODIN technologies and inventor of the SMART container.
“The SMART container solution improves the efficiency and accuracy of inventory tracking. Anytime something is taken out or put inside a SMART container enabled box, the RFID capabilities dynamically update the tag, which records its contents. This can be invaluable in military theaters, hospital operating rooms, port security and for companies tracking parcel shipments at multiple drop-off locations,” Sweeny added.