NAVITAG BUILDS CARGO TRACKING PROTOTYPE
NaviTag Technologies LLC, a provider of cargo security and tracking solutions, said Thursday it will develop a “proof-of-concept” prototype to track global cargo.
The company received $875,000 from the U.S. Transportation Department's Port Security Grant Program to build the trial unit.
NaviTag has designed a portable, battery-powered tracking device that uses GPS satellite transmissions to provide location and alert data. About the size of a paperback novel, the unit attaches to the locking bar on the exterior of a container, and transmits positional information every four hours to a secure Web-accessible database.
Upon arrival at destination, the unit can be deactivated, removed, and reused on another shipment, according to Bob Magown, co-founder of NaviTag Technologies, based in Quincy, Mass.