RFID TagSource, provider of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technologies, has signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with the Federal Aviation Administration. This collaborative research will reportedly enhance flight safety operations by storing maintenance history information directly on aircraft parts using RFID TagSource's new high memory passive RFID tag, the AeroTag. These tags store information on a small chip that will help track the pedigree of flight certified parts and improve inspection operations.
Work under this agreement is being conducted at the FAA William J. Hughes Technical Centre. This provides the company with unique access to laboratory facilities and resources designed and maintained by the FAA for the benefit of the aerospace industry.
This agreement is an indication of the capabilities the company has developed for RFID in aerospace and defence. Earlier this year, RFID TagSource worked with The Boeing Company on the Air Force ARAI program where specially designed RFID tags were attached to an Air Force F-16 and tested at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
"Companies like RFID TagSource show how South Jersey is poised to be the 'silicon valley' of aviation research and development," said New Jersey Congressman Frank LoBiondo (NJ-02), a member of the House Aviation Subcommittee. "This is the type of programme that creates jobs locally that have a direct positive impact for the industry at large."
"This work supports the mission of the aerospace industry to continually improve flight safety and operational efficiency," said Kevin Donahue, Managing Director, RFID TagSource. "The resources available to us at the FAA Technical Center have really helped speed up our development efforts. This is a fantastic opportunity and exciting time for our company."