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Advancing its enterprise resource planning business deeper into transportation execution, Oracle is working with Savi Technology to provide real-time information on cargo containers moving between Hong Kong and Japan.
The just-completed pilot project also aims to fill gaps in real-time visibility of freight in transit and pushes Oracle further into the hotly competitive transportation execution market with ERP software providers such as SAP.
The project transmitted real-time information from active, battery-powered radio frequency identification tags on sea containers. The project used the EPC Information Services draft standard for communicating in a common computer language about objects moving through the supply chain.
"Because of the wide variety of participants in a supply chain, open standards are essential to give all authorized people visibility of all of the critical events involved in the chain," said Peggy Chen, principal product director at Oracle. "Oracle has been working with (RFID standard setting body) EPCglobal for some time in the development of standards."
Mountain View, Calif.-based Savi Technology has focused its software on aligning the information from RFID and other tracking systems with broader inventory and supply chain management. Working with Oracle helps tie Savi''s technology into other elements of the supply chain.
"Like Oracle, we see the need for standards to enable interoperability among multiple trading partners and service providers in a global supply chain, and we are keen to work with EPCglobal and companies such as Oracle to develop and promote those standards that will help facilitate supply chain efficiency," said Fraser Jennings, Savi Technology''s vice president of standards and regulatory activities.