Leveraging RFID for Real-World Supply Chain Solutions (Active RFID Summit 2005)

Mr Robert Kenney, Director of Logistics Strategic Support
Savi Technology, United States


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Presentation Summary

  • The basics of active RFID technology solutions. A decade of lessons learned from supply chain applications. Military case studies, including Operation Iraqi Freedom
  • Commercial case studies The importance of a networked solution using RFID to improve value, including visibility, operational efficiency and security of supply chain assets

Speaker Bio

Robert F. Kenney, Jr. is the Director of Logistics Strategic Support for Savi Technology's Public Sector. Prior to Savi, he held a number of executive positions at i2 Technologies, where he led strategic engagements with numerous Fortune 500 Corporations across the broad spectrum of logistics as well as with major shippers. He also had responsibility for business development and sales management within i2's Government Group as Senior Vice President, Business Development.
A former Army Transportation Corps Officer, Mr. Kenney served throughout the United States and the world. Among his more noteworthy assignments were in Europe within the 37th Transportation Group where he was responsible for the movement of all commodities ranging from household goods to nuclear weapons. He worked for Trans World Airlines on a public to private sector exchange. He later served as Division Transportation Officer for the 24th Infantry Division under the command of then Major General Norman Schwarzkopf. In this capacity, he was Division Project Officer for the Army's Transportation Automated Command and Control Information System (TC-ACCIS), the deployment system utilized during Desert Storm.
He subsequently commanded the Army's 11th Transportation Battalion which housed the Army's amphibious capability most notably the Lighter Air Cushioned Vehicle (LAV-30), which was the Army's hovercraft fleet. During his tenure in command, new records of maintenance reliability, operational excellence and mission readiness were achieved. Following his attendance at the Naval War College, he commanded the Army's most deployed organization, the 4200 member 7th Transportation Group. In this capacity, COL Kenney was responsible for the maintenance and life cycle management of the largest concentration of MHE/CHE in the Department of Defense. Bob also served on the Department of Defense AIT Task Force and was a frequent participant on the Defense Science Board as well a subject matter expert for the Joint Deployment Process and a member of the Joint Logistics Over the Shore Board.
After leaving the Army, he served as Vice President for Logistics and Asset Management for Travelways, a national passenger transportation company. In this capacity, he was responsible for the acquisition, maintenance and life cycle management of over 1200 assets ranging from limousines to the specialized motor coaches which support travel by many musicians and touring companies i.e. Paul McCartney, Faith Hill, Martina McBride, Harry Connick Jr., Bob Dylan, etc.
Bob Kenney has served on numerous transportation technology committees and boards within both the public and private sectors. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from The College of William and Mary as well as graduate degrees from Ball State University and the Naval War College. He is married and he and his wife MJ have two sons, Patrick and Alex. The Kenney's home is in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Company Profile

With over 15 years experience, Savi is a proven leader in RFID solutions for the management and security of supply chain assets, shipments and consignments. Savi's integrated RFID hardware and software solutions drive business value, such as reducing supply chain assets, inventory and operational costs. The company tailors its solutions to the defense, commercial supply chain asset management and global supply chain visibility and security markets. Savi's solutions meet the supply chain needs of defense and government organizations, global shippers, manufacturers, retailers, and suppliers as well as service providers such as terminal operators, asset owners and third-party logistics providers. Founded in 1989, Savi Technology is privately held, with headquarters in Sunnyvale, Calif., and offices in Johannesburg, London, Melbourne, Singapore, and Washington D.C.