HACKENSACK, N.J., Dec. 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- I.D. Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: IDSY) today announced that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has published its final report on the company's wireless vehicle tracking/fleet management project at Newark Liberty International Airport. The report concludes that the three-phase project, under which approximately 80 vehicles were monitored, successfully demonstrated that I.D. Systems' RFID-based Wireless Asset Net(TM) system is an effective tool for securing and managing vehicles in the radio frequency (RF)-rich environment of a major U.S. airport.
Under the project, more than 100 distinct system elements were tested without a single requirement failure. The system hardware "proved highly reliable" and vehicle access control was extremely effective, with "not one instance during any phase of the trial" of unauthorized personnel being able to operate a monitored vehicle. The system was also found to provide "extensive planning/management tools that permit managers to maximize their resources, leading to a more efficient operation."
"We are gratified to see another validation of the Wireless Asset Net's technical and practical effectiveness made public," said Rick Muntz, I.D. Systems' executive vice president of sales, marketing and customer satisfaction. "Fortunately, we have had the opportunity to perfect our technology through years of experience with commercial and industrial customers. We have witnessed our wireless vehicle management system help customers make significant improvements to the safety, security, productivity, and cost-effectiveness of their vehicle operations, to the point where our technology is considered a best practice for any enterprise. This TSA report confirms our technology's applicability to aviation security."
"Looking ahead," continued Mr. Muntz, "a multi-airport technology demonstration with complete wireless coverage of the entire secured airport operational area, plus fleet-wide vehicle monitoring, would provide a template to provide access control, security, and increased efficiency for airside vehicles at any airport in the country. We look forward to working with all the necessary stakeholders to make this happen."
The TSA's final report on the wireless vehicle tracking system details the project's goals, test methodologies, issues, and conclusions, with emphasis on the system's:
* Durability and reliability, including the achievement of zero failures of the system's wireless communication infrastructure nodes and overall system availability in excess of 95% * Practical safety and security performance, including restrictions on vehicle access control, enforcement of safety checklist requirements, and the effectiveness of geo-fencing alerts * Communication range and RF performance, including verification that under worst-case conditions of structural congestion and outside RF interference, the system can still transmit approximately 500 feet with no adverse effects on system functionality * Data accuracy, including real-time graphical display of GPS locations; vehicle/driver movement histories, and integration capability with a separate Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4I) system * Software configuration, including the effectiveness of training materials * Wireless network security, including validation of the system's ability to ignore external wireless data