FOSE puts a spotlight on technology
Attractions include RFID, security, e-documents
This could be the breakout year for radio frequency identification technology if the vendors at the FOSE trade show provide any indication. Demonstrations of RFID capabilities were among the show’s highlights.
Other vendors showcased developments in secure collaboration, handheld computers and document management, underscoring the importance of technology to government agencies.
RFID gets its own pavilion
The RFID Pavilion, sponsored by Symbol Technologies, brought together nine companies that illustrated three trends in the technology’s evolution.
The first trend combines the use of active and passive ID tags to assist supply chain management. The second focuses on the use of software to manage data from many tags. The third trend shows improvements in the security of the wireless transmission of data between tags and customers’ main information networks.
Savi Technologies illustrated the first two elements by using the technology to extend supply chain management to the proverbial last mile in field deployments, said Blake Nelson, a presales engineer at the company.
Savi uses a combination of technologies and software to track items wherever they go, Nelson said. Trucks and containers have Global Positioning System units or active tags. Parts of containers get active tags, too, while pallets get passive tags. Boxes and individual items may get passive tags or bar codes. Savi provides customers with scanners that read active and passive tags and bar codes.
Software tracks each tag and relays its information, providing notices when action is necessary to secure whatever the tag monitors, Nelson said.
Fortress Technology provided an example of the third trend, offering products that encrypt wireless communications more securely between tag-scanning devices and the enterprise network, said Bill Moore, the company’s director of strategic programs. That helps with inventory management, logistics and secure communications, he said.
Cisco alliance enables secure collaboration
Cisco Systems and Decru, along with other partners, have developed a solution for secure collaboration, built using commercial software. The collaboration solution provides a security architecture designed for the military or other organizations that need to share sensitive or classified information. It combines strong encryption, network partitioning and desktop security capabilities. The companies demonstrated the system at FOSE.
U.S. Central Command is testing the system now, said Kevin Brown, vice president of marketing at Decru. The partner companies began working on it late last year, and they spent about three months to design and build the initial system, said Richard Campbell, a Cisco engineer.
Adobe offerings manage documents
Meanwhile, Adobe officials described how the company’s document management solutions are boosting productivity for the public and agency workers. Adobe’s LiveCycle Reader Extensions have helped reduce the time that retired veterans spend completing forms from the Veterans Health Administration. Now, veterans can fill out forms online, submit them via e-mail, and print and save copies for their own records, said Rebecca Chisolm-Winkler, director of Global Government Markets at Adobe.
Michael Arnone, Michael Hardy, Michelle Speir Haase and Aliya Sternstein contributed to this article.