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TMCNet:  SGS and Savi Bring Advanced Cargo Tracking to Tanzania

[February 13, 2013]

SGS and Savi Bring Advanced Cargo Tracking to Tanzania

ALEXANDRIA, Va. --(Business Wire)--

Shippers and transporters operating in Tanzania can now leverage SGS OMNIS to both comply with the electronic cargo tracking requirements established by the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) and to improve their operations. The TRA recently certified the integration between SGS OMNIS and the TRA Electronic Cargo Tracking System (ECTS) that went live in 2012.

SGS OMNIS was introduced in February 2012 and is a SGS service offering powered by Savi Technology to help ensure that critical shipments of materials reliably get to their intended destination without loss for the government and incidentally the owner of the goods. SGS OMNIS is already operational in Ghana and Kenya and has delivered excellent results.

"The continued adoption of SGS OMNIS throughout Africa further extends the benefits that we can deliver to governments and transporters alike," said Philippe Isler, Global Business Development Manager, Governments and Institutions Services (GIS), SGS. "The certification by the Tanzania Revenue Authority is another testament to the strength and viability of the SGS OMNIS solution."

The technology component of SGS OMNIS is Savi Mobile Tracking System (SMTS). Savi Mobile Tracking System is an integrated platform that includes specialized software and hardware devices desiged specifically for securing and monitoring a wide range of cargo types - ISO containers on road and rail, closed rail wagons and tanker railcars, wet cargo (fuel trucks) and in-vehicle units for vehicle tracking. The system supports a wide range of "tag (News - Alert)" technologies including GPS, GPRS, RFID, and satellite communications that provide in-transit visibility and real-time asset management for greater accuracy in location and movement tracking.

"Securely guiding cargo to its intended destination in real-time is much, much more than a technology or regulatory issue," said Bill Clark, CEO, Savi Technology. "The cost of lost or stolen cargo can be measured in the hundreds of billions of dollars annually. When that cargo includes relief aid or goods to a developing region, that cost is immeasurable. Savi is extraordinarily proud to support these initiatives around the world, and the continued adoption of Savi Mobile Tracking System."

The TRA implemented the ECTS to identify illegal diversion of goods, improve government revenue, and enhance transparency and transit times. The system monitors transit goods that include, containerized goods transported on trucks and rail, single vehicle units, wet cargo by road tankers and rail tankers.

About SGS

SGS is the world's leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 70,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,350 offices and laboratories around the world.

About Savi

Savi Technology is headquartered in Alexandria, VA, with primary operations in Lexington, KY and satellite locations around the world. Savi Technology has been at the forefront of innovation in logistics and supply chain for more than 23 years. Dynamic, adaptive enterprises including Bell Helicopter, Coles, NATO, Australian Defence Force, US Army Joint Munitions Command, National Guard, and many others rely on Savi's logistics informatics solutions to streamline operations and improve enterprise decision-making. Savi has more than 40 active patents and is an active participant in several standards bodies and standards, including ISO 18000-7.


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