Reva Systems, the leading RFID infrastructure provider, recently announced that its Tag Acquisition Processor (TAP) product family was selected as the RFID infrastructure solution for an international RFID rollout by the Universal Postal Union (UPU).
The UPU's Global Monitoring System (GMS) will begin with 21 member countries deploying RFID to measure mail-service quality between participating nations. With headquarters in Berne, Switzerland, the UPU sets rules for international mail exchanges and helps to ensure an accessible, efficient, and high quality global network of modern postal communications.
The GMS will be launched this month, beginning with the insertion of RFID tags into test letters measuring the time taken to deliver mail. This data will be sent to the central information management system operated by the UPU's International Bureau and could be used to calculate terminal dues.
The UPU's standards-based GMS architecture utilizes UHF Gen2 tags that will be automatically read by portals at exchange offices around the world. Portal functions and collection of tag data will be managed by Reva TAPs at each location.
The UPU selected AIDA Centre, an RFID systems integrator based in Spain, to supply RFID tags and equipment for the GMS project. Further expansion beyond the initial 21 countries to as many as 100 countries is anticipated beginning in 2010.
"We have already been using the Reva Systems TAP in production with other postal customers since 2008," said Joan Pons, Managing Director at AIDA Centre. "So Reva's TAP was the platform of choice when we responded to the UPU tender. Along with its core infrastructure features, the TAP product line also allows us to rapidly develop and host our own value-added capabilities to meet the UPU's specific requirements." Pons also noted that remote management capabilities and reliability across both network and power outages were key requirements for UPU's production system.
"Reva Systems is pleased to work with AIDA Centre in commissioning our products for the UPU," said Ashley Stephenson, Reva Systems chairman and co-founder. "Whether providing infrastructure for a single portal in a remote exchange or 50 portals in a busy western European mail hub, the scalable family of Reva TAP solutions enables a rugged and easily deployable solution."
"For the UPU GMS, a robust RFID platform that can be rapidly deployed to countries around the world was required", said Pons, AIDA Centre. "The Reva TAP meets all of our needs."
About AIDA Centre
AIDA Centre S.L. is a Spanish based company dedicated to designing and marketing solutions and projects based on radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, also known as electronic tagging. It was established in June 2004 and can now claim to be one of the leading companies worldwide in this field. The company's object is to provide markets with RFID solutions that exceed client expectations, maximize shareholder value and contribute to employee development. The company was created as an initiative of the local government innovation section, the Catalan Foundation for Research and Innovation (FCRi), which identified RFID technology as being of strategic importance for a number of industries with roots firmly established in Spain. This initiative received backing from five entrepreneurial partners with extensive experience in technology and economics and an interest in developing innovative RFID solutions and products to contribute towards the success of Spanish and international companies. For more information, visit http://www.aidacentre.com/
Established in 1874, the Universal Postal Union (UPU) with headquarters in Berne Switzerland, is the primary forum for cooperation among international postal services. With 191 member countries, this specialized agency of the United Nations fulfils an advisory, mediating and liaison role, and renders technical assistance where needed. It sets the rules for international mail exchanges and makes recommendations to stimulate growth in mail volumes and to improve the quality of service for customers. For more information, visit http://www.upu.int/
About Reva Systems
Reva Systems develops RFID infrastructure products that enable customers to rapidly deploy scalable solutions in any environment. Reva's standards-based Tag Acquisition Processor (TAP) products enhance the performance, manageability and accuracy of RFID systems while reducing implementation time and complexity. Reva products are delivered by a global network of partners and are deployed worldwide by enterprises using RFID to generate value in diverse industries. Reva was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in Chelmsford, Mass. For more information, visit www.revasystems.com.
SOURCE: Reva Systems, Inc.