VOSSEL, Richard
9050 Barnes Road
Toano, VA 23168
Phone: 757-741-8754
Fax: 208-250-3283
Rich Vossel started his career in the early 1970s as an active duty Air Force Avionics Technician and a Computer Programmer. While in the military, he completed his bachelors degree part-time in Mathematics and Computer Science. After the Air Force, he became a lead programmer for the System Development Corporation (now a part of Unisys Corp) developing protocols for communications between military computer systems. In the mid-1980s he accepted a position at SYSCON Corporation (now a part of Northrop Grumman) as the Technical lead for the LOGMARS tactical program. Rich promoted the use of multiple Auto ID technologies to solve complicated logistical problems within the DoD and as such has developed the concept for, designed and lead the implementation of many prototype systems to prove the value of the technology in the military. During Desert Storm, he convinced the Army to test the used of RFID and memory devices to track the movement of ammunition in theater and as it returned to the US after the war completed. Rich directed the effort that literally built the system from scratch while on the ground in Saudi Arabia. The prototype, based on his design, was successful and became the foundation for the DoD In-Transit Visibility System which is currently the largest RFID system in the world. When the first active tags were developed for ITV, Rich was a beta tester for the prototypes and influenced the final hardware design. Later, he would refine the same process used in ITV to design and implement a tracking system for biomedical equipment within a hospital using RFID. This system was installed at over 20 Army hospitals world-wide. Based on his experience with the military deployment process in the Air Force and the Army during Desert Storm, Rich promoted using smart cards to streamline the process involving secure data about people. He designed and implemented a system called the Soldier Readiness Process which reduced the time to deploy from 2-3 days down to 12 hours for a typical Army company. This system was deployed in the Army and used for several years prior to the advent of the MARC card program which incorporated the process and expanded it to other services. Later Rich added the ability to use smart cards as a replacement for signatures when supplies were issued into the design of the Air Force Supply Asset Tracking System (SATS). This would be the first time that an electronic device would be used to legally replace a written signature in the DoD. Rich promoted the use of RFDC enabled bar code scanners and handhelds within the DoD to improve the business processes in the retail supply system by streamlining workflow and extending the reach of the system to the warehouse floor. He designed a prototype RFDC system for a standard Army supply point which reduced receipt processing time by almost 90%. The prototype became the bases for the Material Release Order Control System (MROCS) which is a part of every Army supply system and he later enhanced into SATS for the Air Force. With SATS, issue times decreased by 81%, receipt to stock time decreased by 77% and receipt rejects decreased by 52%. Today, SATS has been implemented as a standard system to all base supply centers. In 1999, SATS was awarded the Electronic Commerce Pioneer Award for its innovative use of auto ID. In the early days of RFDC, systems had a difficult time handling large numbers of handhelds communicating back to a single host. Rich developed the concept of an RF server to handle message traffic. He designed a multi-threaded process that allowed over 100 handhelds to operate smoothly in the same environment. The RF Server would become imbedded in many DoD computer systems including SATS. In 1999, Rich promoted the use of a Business Process Server (BPS) to handle the input and output of multiple auto ID technologies into different DoD systems. Rich designed the process to handle the input of 2D bar codes (written to MH10 format), active RFID tags (ITV system), optical memory cards (DoD manifest data) and standard LOGMARS bar coded data. The system would be enabled using RFDC to handheld devices and would have a unique interface to the standard DoD system which used existing processes thereby limiting the affect on the standard system. In a very short period of time, the BPS allowed the DoD to deploy auto ID to systems which did not have it before. A long advocate of standards, Rich was a charter member of the original INCITS T6 committee developing a standard for RFID for many years. He also participated with the DoD in efforts to develop bar code format standard (including MH.10 formats for 2D bar codes), DoD standards for storing data on RFID tags, and standards for storage of data on personal information carriers such as smart cards. Rich participates in DoD level meetings and provides guidance to all branches in the use of auto ID. He has been a long term speaker at such industry events as Frontline and DoD events such as the AF forums were he presents topics such as using multiple auto ID and the basic use of the technology. Rich is also a charter member of the AIM RFID Experts Group (REG) where he is still an active member. Rich has been employed by Savi Technology since 2000.