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DoD Approved Software; DoD Commerce and the Internet of Things

Posted by James Lusk on Fri, Apr 17, 2015 @ 13:04 PM

If you’ve paid any amount of attention to the tech industry lately you’ve more than likely heard the term “Internet of Things.” The term was first coined in 1999 when commercial and personal use of the Internet was increasing. “IoT,” as it’s commonly referred as, is the idea of electronics, sensors and other devices that allow for networking being implemented into physical objects. The Nike FuelBand, or even the new Apple Watch are great examples of devices within IoT. Of course, smart labels fall directly into this idea, which means we’re completely on board with this connectivity. Odyssey’s proprietary DoD approved software works specifically with tags containing RFID inlays to track assets sent to the DoD. As the Internet of Things comes more into the mainstream, use of RFID and smart labels will become more widespread.DoD_Seal

            Consider Cycle Alert, a system developed for trucks in high-density traffic areas that decrease the risk of accidents with bicyclists. Cycle Alert’s system mounts RFID readers onto trucks and busses that frequent bike-friendly cities. RFID tags are then placed inside the handlebars of bicycles, particularly those that are maintained by the city as public transport. When the tags come within eight feet of the readers on trucks and buses the drivers are not only alerted that the rider is near, but where his or her relative position to the vehicle is.

            Retail stores are also becoming heavily involved in the Internet of Things and smart labels from a logistics and product availability standpoint. We wrote an article back in January on the accelerated adoption of RFID and smart labels in retail clothing stores, but those aren’t the only commercial entities adopting the technology and networking themselves. Grocery stores across the world are now using RFID tags to track their perishable inventory. Scanner are placed on shelves and keep track of how long those good have been on display. Some stores are reporting a reduction of up to 10% on wasted goods, which is a massive number for the industry.

            In a recent article by Tech Republic, they report that 30% of all data from the Internet of Things is driven by sensor devices like RFID, which makes sense considering the ease and cost efficiency of the technology. Smart labels are small and can be applied to almost anything without intruding on aesthetics or design. That same article warns of a “data tsunami,” in which the IoT’s connective nature means data will soon be passed back and forth between more objects than not. Some may find that ridiculous, but that’s the way the industry is headed. Sure, we don’t really need refrigerators that play our MP3s, but what about refrigerators that can tell us if our food is getting old?

            Odyssey is already experiencing this “data tsunami.” The nature of our clients’ DoD Commerce business means a large amount of data DoD Approved Softwareneeds to be efficiently and effectively distilled into something easily readable and action oriented. The use of passive RFID labels, combined with our DoD approved software that marshals all necessary data automatically, means our clients and the DoD can easily keep track of an asset lifecycle through Mil 129 and  Mil 130 compliance.

            So we say bring on the Internet of Things, bring on the data tsunami. We’re prepared, and we’ve made sure our clients are prepared. As this technology becomes more widespread outside of DLA, so will the innovation and adoption, and we’ll continue to be pioneers.


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Topics: DoD approved software, dod compliance, MIL-STD-129, MIL-STD 130 N, Passive RFID, contract management, Internet of Things

NCMA World Congress-ODYSSEY Attends

Posted by James Lusk on Thu, Jul 18, 2013 @ 16:07 PM

Part of the DoD commerce experience includes participating in educational seminars and trade shows. We at ODYSSEY are excited to exhibit in our first National Contract Management Association World Congress Conference. Meeting new people within the contract community provides an invaluable opportunity to learn from those that make it happen!

The conference promises to be a networking and educational opportunity for all attendees and exhibitors so please make sure to visit each booth, break-out session and gathering available.

We look forward to seeing you at the conference!


ODYSSEY DCS to Attend the National Contract Management Association’s 2013 World Congress Conference in Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. ODYSSEY, the leader in defense commerce solutions and the only Department of Defense (DoD) commerce solution provider delivering an integrated, cross- departmental work flow process in the cloud, will exhibit at the National Contract Management Association (NCMA) World Congress Conference in Nashville from July 21 to 24, at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Convention Center.

“We’re thrilled to attend this conference and showcase ODYSSEY to the contracting community. The ODYSSEY platform is capable of dramatically simplifying the DoD commerce process for any DoD supplier. Specifically, ODYSSEY can help suppliers make sense of military requirements, reduce errors and streamline commerce and compliance measures, resulting in saved time and a better bottom line,” said James Lusk, Vice President of Sales & Marketing, ODYSSEY .                    DoD compliance

The National Contract Management Association’s World Congress focuses on collaborative, customizable training to help prepare everyone in the contracting profession for today's dynamic environment. With over 1,500 attendees, World Congress is hailed as a must-attend event because it's the most comprehensive training event for contract management, procurement and acquisition professionals. With over 20 educational tracks, content is offered for professionals at each and every stage of their careers.

To learn more about the agenda, speakers, or who is attending, visit the conference website.

ODYSSEY will be at booth #124 at the conference. Drop by and leave your business card for a chance to win an iPad 2! Visit the Odyssey website for contest details.

The NCMA is the world’s leading professional resource for those in the field of contract management. The organization, which has over 22,000 members, is dedicated to the professional growth and educational advancement of procurement and acquisition personnel worldwide.

To learn more about the National Contract Management Association, visit http://www.ncmahq.org/.

For more information about ODYSSEY and their defense commerce solutions, visit http://www.odysseydcs.com/.



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Topics: DoD approved software, dod compliance, procurement, acquisition, contract management