Axcess International and Stemco are forging an agreement to jointly develop a range of radio frequency identification (RFID) offerings for heavy-duty commercial vehicle fleets. The companies will integrate “semi-active tag” technology and hardware from Axcess with Stemco’s BAT RF active RFID mileage and tire pressure data collection sensors.

Axcess’ patented ActiveTag RFID offering uses small, battery powered semi-active tags that automatically transmit a wireless message--typically 30 to 100 feet-- to hidden palm size receivers, said Allan Griebenow, president & CEO. The receivers are connected via the standard network simultaneously to the enterprise system software, the existing security alarm equipment, and standalone management software. This means the system can be used to trigger security video recording and live remote video transmission.

Griebenow added that Axcess’ tags are typically used in automatic personnel access control and tracking applications, automatic vehicle access control and payload management, automatic asset management and protection, as well as special purpose sensing. Automatic email alerting and paging for rapid response to security related incidents is another optional function, he said.

Both companies said products using their combined technologies are planned for release in 2007.