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RFID Asset Tracking for Small Organizations

By Tate Grossmann,

Recently, people who work for small companies and nonprofits have been asking RFID Journal: Can I use RFID to track my assets? Those assets range from office equipment to art in a gallery and files in a dentist’s office. These potential users have read about large enterprises using RFID to cut costs and improve operations and want to know if they, too, can use the technology to manage their inventory and improve efficiencies. Some even ask: Can I buy some tags and a handheld reader and do it myself?

To find out, RFID Journal spoke with RFID providers and small organizations that are using the technology to track their assets. They all say now is a good time for small companies to consider RFID for asset tracking, because costs have come down and the technology has improved. Most small businesses can use EPC Gen 2 passive ultrahigh-frequency RFID tags and portable reading devices.

Experts are quick to warn there are no shortcuts. Like any company deploying RFID, a small organization needs to develop a business case and examine processes. And many companies will need to hire outside help, at least to integrate the RFID data with their business applications and databases.

But despite the challenges, small companies that have deployed RFID asset-tracking solutions tout the benefits. Stoll & Co., for example, a small repair shop in Dayton, Ohio, is using a passive UHF RFID solution to manage the roughly 12,000 watches it handles monthly. The solution, developed with systems integrator CDO Technologies, has improved productivity and customer service, says owner Ron Stoll. While Stoll says he can’t recall how much money he has spent on RFID, he feels it doesn’t matter:

“Today, I couldn’t imagine running our business without those little RFID chips.” He suggests other small businesses contemplating an RFID deployment should not “look at what it costs to do these projects. Look at how much it can save you or how much more efficient it can make your business, and how it can allow your business to grow.”

Small companies with small budgets may be hesitant to hire a systems integrator to develop and deploy an RFID solution. But most small companies are also short-staffed and don’t have personnel who can invest the time into researching RFID technology and getting up to speed. It’s important to consider your resources before deciding how to proceed.

“Tagging and tracking a few assets might seem simple, but there are always issues that occur in any implementation,” says Steve Halliday, president of High Tech Aid and president of RAIN RFID. “The location of tags and readers can be a big issue from a physical point of view. Another area that can be an issue is the software that collects the RFID data and then interfaces with the user’s back-end applications.

“Even though a small system typically costs less than $100,000—in some cases it has been around $50,000—we have found that many businesses have problems with the cost of the application and yet expect it to be fully integrated into their own system,” Halliday says. “While some companies set out to implement RFID on their own, most need help from someone with experience. We still hear stories of companies that implemented RFID but saw no value from the implementation. In most cases, a good systems integrator can make sure the project expectations are set correctly and ensure the project is implemented properly and that it does provide the expected returns.”

Who’s Who Awards for CDO Technologies

By Tate Grossmann,

The Dayton Business Journal gave out their annual awards for Who’s Who in Aerospace and Defense, and we are honored that we were recognized. In the recognition for this award, they state that we, CDO, secured numerous prime contracts in 2020 and recognized our commitment to hiring those in the Dayton area. Our team is a valuable part of our mission, and we couldn’t have earned these contracts without them. We take pride in hiring some of the best and brightest Dayton has to offer.

From a team of two to a team of 250, CDO Technologies has grown into a leading provider of business and technology solutions. After years of flying under the radar, we have emerged in the past few years and scored many major national contract awards in the data world.

CDO’s bread and butter is the defense industry and CDO has worked to navigate the ever-evolving needs of the military. “You have to change, you have to be nimble,” CEO, Al Wofford, said. “But at the end of the day, our first task is to support the warfighter.” Supporting warfighters is an ongoing mission, a dedication, one we hope to show our support of in anything we do.

CDO is also active in the greater community of Dayton. A proud supporter of the Dayton Foundation, CDO has donated continuously to the community, from supporting events at places such as the Levitt Pavilion to supporting a family in need as a team during the holiday season.

CDO Technologies Awarded $6.6M AFGET Contract

By Tate Grossmann,

DAYTON, OH (08/30/2022) – CDO Technologies, Inc. (CDO) was awarded a $6.6M contract for program and project management, systems and hardware support, operations, and maintenance for all Air Force Global Enterprise Tracking (AFGET) systems, infrastructure, and customers at the Air Force Sustainment Center (AFSC) and Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) locations of Robins AFB, GA, Tinker AFB, OK, Hill AFB, UT, and Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ.

CDO will provide support to the AFGET existing systems by integrating and sustaining system operations, help desk, and training services. CDO will support any potential base mission changes by expanding technology usage and enhancing hardware and software systems. One of the main benefits that CDO is providing for this government client is Real Time Location Systems (RTLS) which includes infrastructure, applications, sensors, and tracking tags.

A Zebra Technologies’ Premier Solutions Partner, CDO will utilize Zebra’s Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) hardware and software to support AFGET customers with tracking their critical assets with RTLS. Using RTLS, they will be able to recommend corrective actions for resolving errors and variances between systems.

“We are honored to work with the Air Force and excited to provide our innovative RFID solutions to help modernize AFGET operations,” said Xavier Villarreal, Vice President of North American Healthcare and Government Sales, Zebra Technologies. “We look forward to building on our relationship with the Air Force and CDO and leveraging the industry’s broadest, field-proven RFID portfolio to provide a high-performance system that provides unmatched accuracy for tracking critical assets.”

CDO and Zebra have extensive experience providing products and support for Automatic Identification Technologies (AIT). Zebra has been a manufacturer of AIT for over forty years, and CDO has been directly involved in the design, development, deployment, and sustainment of AIT solutions since their founding in 1995.

“We are looking forward to having a close partnership with our AFGET customer and helping them achieve mission success.” – Don Ertel, Senior Vice President of Operations at CDO Technologies.

About CDO Technologies

Since 1995, CDO Technologies has delivered solutions to federal and commercial business problems. Their services include technology and process improvement to enhance efficiency and affordability. The right technology and the right people empower their customers to achieve more.  CDO Technologies is an experienced contractor ready to support your Asset Tracking needs with our professional workforce that is customer focused to ensure your continued success.   To learn more about CDO Technologies, please visit our website or our social medias: LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.

About Zebra Technologies

Zebra (NASDAQ: ZBRA) empowers organizations to thrive in the on-demand economy by making every front-line worker and asset at the edge visible, connected and fully optimized. With an ecosystem of more than 10,000 partners across more than 100 countries, Zebra serves customers of all sizes – including 84% of the Fortune 500 – with an award-winning portfolio of hardware, software, services and solutions that digitize and automate workflows. Supply chains are more dynamic, customers and patients are better served, and workers are more engaged when they utilize Zebra innovations that help them sense, analyze and act in real time.  Zebra recently expanded its industrial automation portfolio with its Fetch Robotics acquisition and increased its machine vision and AI software capabilities with the acquisitions of Adaptive Vision, and Matrox Imaging. Zebra is #25 on Newsweek’s inaugural list of America’s Most Loved Workplaces, #42 on Fast Company’s list of the Best Workplaces for Innovators and #79 on Forbes’ list of America’s 500 Best Midsize Employers. Learn more at or sign up for news alerts. Follow Zebra’s Your Edge blog, LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook, and check out our Story Hub: Zebra Perspectives.



CDO Technologies

Don Ertel
Phone: 937-476-2212


Zebra Technologies

Bill Abelson
Phone: 631-738-4751

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CDO Recognized in the Dayton Business Journal

By Tate Grossmann,

Every year, the Dayton Business Journal (DBJ) compiles a list of the Dayton Area’s Networking Technology Companies (ranked by number of employees), the Department of Defense Contractors that stood out most (ranked by data from, and Top 100 Companies (ranked by financial growth and progress). There are many other lists provided by the DBJ, but in the most recent additions of these 3, CDO was ranked 3rd, 11th, and 42nd respectively.

We are honored by the recognitions we received and hope to continue serving those in need in our community and those small businesses ready to take a step into RFID. We use the latest and greatest in RFID technology to achieve tailored solutions for commercial and federal organizations. But great technology alone, isn’t solely what sets CDO apart, that also lies in our amazing team. When you choose CDO, you’re choosing the leading experts in RFID. Each of our team members do their job well and do exactly what is needed to help you become the greatest version of yourself.

If you would like to learn more about our services and how CDO can help you, you can visit You may also call (937) 258-0022 to speak directly to us about your unique problems. We can create a tailored solution for you!

CDO DLA Contract

By Tate Grossmann,

CDO was awarded a Network Infrastructure Support Services (NISS) IDIQ contract from the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). The NISS IDIQ is DLA’s Information Operations (J6) contact vehicle to provide worldwide network infrastructure design, engineering, and installation support to include, inside/outside plant, Radio Frequency (RF) infrastructure, logistic management, program management, Computer-Aided Design (CAD), and cable plant engineering. We provide technical expertise and Subject Matter Experts (SME) to support various projects relating to the modification and enhancement of DLA’s telecommunications and data network, and all services and materials as necessary to effectively and efficiently sustain DLAs worldwide logistics support for the missions of the Military Departments and the Unified Combatant Commands under conditions of peace and war.

CDO and CipherLab CATS

By Tate Grossmann,

CipherLab creates incredible works of art when it comes to RFID technology. Their latest and greatest, the RS35, proves their immense capabilities when it comes to innovating the world of asset tracking. The RS35 has features including the following: an Android 10 operating system, 1D and 2D barcode data capture/HF RFID capability, quick-release hand strap, and many more. To learn more about our partnership and the RS35, please view this brochure. Feel free to reach out to us at CDO or those at CipherLab with the provided links.

Shipping Validation with CDO and Zebra

By Tate Grossmann,

Shipping has been a major focus since COVID-19 rocked the foundation of our shipping infrastructure. If you’re experiencing shipping delays or lost products, then CDO and Zebra can help you turn the tides. Learn more about how we can assist you with the following video.

Zebra Location Services

By Tate Grossmann,

Partnering with Zebra has been a rewarding experience enabling us to grow our abilities and prove ourselves a worthy partner by expanding business opportunities. We continued this growth by becoming a certified Zebra Location Services partner, building on our RFID Specialist and Premier Solution Provider status.

Your assets are critical and deserve real time visibility. With Zebra Location Services, we can help you manage your most valuable assets by using RFID and complimentary Automated Information Technology products, so you’ll have the right information, at the right time, to make your best, actionable business decisions.

Find out more of how our technology can help your business by contacting us today.

Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) Appraisal

By Tate Grossmann,

We are proud to announce that as a company we have been appraised by Process and Quality Solutions (PQS) at a level 3 of the CMMI Institute’s Capability Maturity Model Integration.

This means our organization’s processes are well characterized and understood and are described in standards, procedures, tools, and methods.

To be appraised as such we must show a dedication to customer service that goes beyond the base requirements for success.

To verify this please check at this website:

CMMI Institute – Published Appraisal Results

CDO Adds DT Research Rugged Tablet to AIT-6 Contract

By Tate Grossmann,

Dayton, OH (October 1, 2021) – CDO Technologies has added the DT Research 382GL tablet computer to their Department of Defense Automatic Identification Technology (AIT-6) Contract. The unique DT382GL 8 inch Windows 10 tablet by DT Research provides a cost effective, rugged solution for Government end users, enhanced with an integrated CAC reader and 800 NIT display.

AIT-6, managed by the Army Contracting Command in Rock Island, IL, includes hardware, software and Technical Engineering Services (TES) for use by the Department of Defense, United States Coast Guard, North Atlantic Treaty Organizations, Foreign Military Sales and other Federal Agencies and contractors. The objective of the AIT-6 acquisition is to provide state-of-the-art logistics identification, tracking, locating and monitoring of assets and processes. This AIT technology will deliver standardization and inter-operability among Government users of AIT components purchased from this Contract.

“CDO is excited to start this new relationship with DT Research,” noted Don Ertel, Senior Vice President of CDO Technologies, “with a long history of mobile computing product delivery to the Department of Defense, CDO’s ability to add a market-leading device to their Department of Defense contract helps us continue to grow our hardware implementation program.”

The DT Research 382GL tablet features an 8-inch high brightness capacitive touch screen and Microsoft® Windows® 10 IoT Enterprise, with a built-in Common Access Card (CAC) reader and 1D/2D Barcode Scanner. The small-form, IP65 and MIL-STD-810G rated rugged handheld tablet can perform secure ID and vehicle verification necessary to access restricted areas as well as secure logical access to computer networks.

“CDO’s goals are closely aligned with our mission, which makes for a great partnership to deliver the most advanced technology solutions to meet the growing security, logistics and asset management needs for government agencies and other companies.” said Daw Tsai, President of DT Research.

A photo of the tablet referenced in the article, it has a blue windows logo in the background of the screen and an open menu.

About CDO Technologies

Since 1995, CDO Technologies has delivered solutions to federal and commercial business problems. Their services include technology and process improvement to enhance efficiency and affordability. The right technology and the right people empower their customers to achieve more productivity and success.

About DT Research

DT Research™, an early Mobile Tablet pioneer and leading designer and manufacturer of purpose-built computing systems for vertical markets, delivers the world’s most comprehensive line of Rugged and GNSS Tablets, Mobile POS Tablets and Medical Computing Solutions. DT Research products are uniquely designed with customizable built-in options assembled in California, providing customers with rapid time-to-market solutions that are also TAA compliant. The DT Research family of products is based on embedded computing platforms that power secure, reliable and cost-effective computing. DT Research systems offer computing mobility within industrial and harsh environments through durable solutions with wireless connectivity, high-quality touch displays and Windows® operating systems. More than 200 organizations across the globe rely on DT Research solutions in industries such as government, healthcare, hospitality, logistics, military, retail and warehousing. DT Research is headquartered in Silicon Valley, California. For more information, visit and follow @dtresearch, #MilitaryTablets, #RuggedTablets and #GNSSTablets.

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CDO Technologies,
Don Ertel
Phone: 937-476-2212

DT Research,
Gabrielle Marshall
Phone: 408-934-6192