Category: News

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

CDO Adds Apptricity Software to Army AIT-6 Contract

By Sara Bortz,

Apptricity Software Added to CDO Technologies Army AIT-6 Contract

Dayton, OH (May 21, 2021) – The Apptricity Armory Asset Management software was added to CDO Technologies Automatic Identification Technology (AIT-6) Contract. The Apptricity solution replaces the existing software product for Small Arms Room Management Software. The new relationship allows CDO Technologies the opportunity to extend much more competitive pricing to all Contract customers.

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.

“AIT-6 has given all Department of Defense IT organizations an opportunity to purchase state-of-the-art solutions to meet their current and future demands,” said Don Ertel, Senior Vice President of Operations at CDO Technologies.

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Apptricity Armory Asset Management has many features that improve efficiency and control. Full life cycle asset management allows documentation from acquisition to disposition. The solution is easy to use and supports hands-free technology to streamline and automate armory management.

As noted by Tim Garcia, Apptricity President, “The Contract also provides options for Technical Engineering Services (TES) to allow our team to directly assist customers with installation, training and on-site setup of our software, to assure a seamless implementation.”

About Apptricity

Apptricity is the leading Global Provider of Supply Chain Execution Cloud Software with integrated IoT technology that delivers Real-Time Visibility in the Enterprise Asset, Inventory and Field Services Cloud Application Enterprise Space.

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,

Don Ertel
Phone: 937-476-2212

Apptricity Corporation,

Timothy Garcia
Phone: 214-596-0601

Two CDO Teams Recognized for Outstanding Service

By Sara Bortz,

AFRC Recognized in Gears of the Government Awards Program: James Hein, James “Allen” Holmstrom, and Demarko Lee Thanked.

Congratulations to the Air Force Reserve Command for receiving the Gears of the Government Award. Gears of the Government awards are designed to recognize government individuals and teams “whose dedication supports exceptional delivery of key outcomes for the American people, specifically around mission results, customer service, and accountable stewardship.” AFRC received the Gears of the Government Award in a letter dated 14 Jan 2021, signed by Barbara Barrett (former Secretary of The AF).

We are especially proud of three CDO team members who were recognized by AFRC when they received the Gears of the Government Award. James Hein, James “Allen” Holmstrom, and Demarko Lee were specifically called out for their outstanding work in support of the President’s Management Agenda and the National Defense Strategy. These individuals are excellent examples of hard work paying off as they each put forth daily effort in Program Management (Hein), Network Infrastructure (Holmstrom), and Virtualization (Lee). Their efforts were key to the Reserve Command receiving this prestigious award and sets these individuals apart as someone to emulate.

VTC Team at AFRC Recognized in Letter of Appreciation from General Stacey Scarisbrick: Alan Skinner, Samuel Butler, Joseph Miller, Nigel Mumford, and Aaron Pierce Thanked.

CDO’s VTC Team at AFRC was recognized in a letter of appreciation from General Stacey Scarisbrick. Members of the team (Alan Skinner, Samuel Butler, Joseph Miller, Nigel Mumford, and Aaron Pierce) provided valuable support to the coordination and facilitation of 61 AFRC Crisis Action Team (CAT) meetings.

Their diligence resulted in dissemination of vital information to the entire command, and their actions were instrumental in maintaining timely and effective crisis response command and control during a time of uncertainty. This action directly contributed to countless lives saved in the northeast US as 233 medical specialists were deployed to New York City and surrounding states.

Congratulations to these team members and thank you for all your hard work!

CDO Technologies Partners with XSENS

By Sara Bortz,

When selecting components, the parameters of size and weight are generally at or near the top of an aircraft designer’s list of priorities. Space is always limited inside an airframe. And the lighter the aircraft, the less power and fuel are required to lift it into the sky and keep it airborne.

So aerospace engineers are frequently tasked with reducing the size and weight of a component or sub-system. This often calls for the evaluation of new, advanced materials, or a radical re-thinking of an engineering design or process.

When CDO Technologies was invited by the US government to develop a prototype of a novel TSPI (Time and Space Positioning Information) flight test module, however, the hardware design turned out to be rather more straightforward. CDO’s prototype for a much smaller, lighter TSPI module for light aircraft comprised a strip of adhesive tape, an off-the-shelf rugged tablet and GPS antenna, and a matchbox-sized motion sensor from Xsens.

That unit from Xsens, an MTi-G-710 GNSS/INS inertial navigation system measuring just 57mm x 42mm x 23.5mm, provides the complete set of motion measurements and GPS signal required to track the attitude, position and altitude of an aircraft in real time. When combined with dedicated flight test data logging software developed by CDO, the prototype system was impressive enough to merit support for further development.

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Electronics Replaces Mechanics

The trigger for CDO to develop its novel flight test system was dissatisfaction with existing stand-alone TSPI systems in use, particularly in smaller aircraft. A TSPI system is a fundamental element in any flight test: when testing an aircraft’s systems, such as communications, flight controls or engines, the TSPI provides a baseline for an understanding of the operation of the system under test, enabling the test engineer to log the behavior of aircraft systems at known speed, acceleration, altitude and attitude.

Today, most large commercial aircraft have built-in TSPI instrumentation to support flight testing. But smaller or cheaper planes do not, and so flight testing in them requires the use of a dedicated TSPI instrument. TSPI instrumentation in general use in commercial aviation today is based on a Fiber-Optic Gyroscope (FOG), a mechanical device which has traditionally been favored because of the reliable accuracy of its attitude and position measurements.

But an FOG has three main drawbacks in aerospace applications:

– It is large, so potentially hard to accommodate in a cramped airframe
– It is heavy and its weight presents a potential safety hazard if it accidentally breaks free from its mounting during aircraft maneuvers
– It is prone to over-heating

In addition, TSPI systems based on a conventional FOG typically require a differential GPS satellite positioning receiver for accurate altitude readings. Access to differential GPS signals is available on subscription, but is expensive.

The goal of the new TSPI prototype was to improve on all these features, creating a working design for a TSPI module which was much smaller and lighter than instrumentation in common use today, and avoiding the need to pay for differential GPS subscription. Chris Smith, a research engineer at CDO Technologies, describes the breakthrough that the developers made on learning about the use of Xsens GNSS/INS modules for position measurement in submarines.

“A submarine, like an aircraft, presents electronic equipment with a challenging operating environment. In many ways, the 3D space in which a submarine operates in is similar to the aerial environment in which aircraft move. And like aircraft, submarines are subject to space constraints, which is why an Xsens motion sensor is attractive in that application. CDO Technologies’ sponsor in the US government had asked us to investigate options for TSPI instrumentation which would be better suited to use in light aircraft – something lighter and smaller than the traditional FOG-based system. With the Xsens motion sensor used in submarines, the answer was staring me in the face. The device is a ready-made sensor system-in-a-box for TSPI systems – it gives all the position measurements needed for TSPI instrumentation, and because it is supplied as an integrated module, the outputs from the device are synchronized and calibrated.”

How It Was Made

Inside an MTi-G-710’s shielded enclosure, there are a 3D accelerometer3D MEMS gyroscope, 3D magnetometer, GNSS receiver and a barometer, all operating at very high levels of accuracy and precision. It also provides an interface to an external GPS antenna. The MTi-G-710’s sensor fusion software, which intelligently combines each sensor’s outputs, helped to simplify the CDO team’s software development: the output from the MTi-G-710 is a precisely timed stream of roll, pitch, yaw, position, velocity and altitude measurements at a sampling rate of up to 400Hz – all the measurements which are required in TSPI instrumentation.

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CDO Technologies’ prototype flight test instrumentation system based on an Xsens MTi motion sensor

Chris and his team then drew on their expertise in flight systems technology to develop a user interface and back-end logging system. The CDO Technologies engineers’ software runs on a standard, rugged Getac tablet. The software provides a user interface for the flight test engineer to monitor the TSPI system outputs in real time during a test flight, and to log the data for post-flight analysis.

Because of the small size of the Xsens sensor and the GPS antenna, installation of the prototype for system testing was simple – the units could simply be taped to the floor of the cabin of the aircraft and plugged into the tablet’s connector.

Chris Smith is delighted with the performance of the prototype. It offers substantial and valuable savings in size and weight over conventional mechanical FOG-based systems. But, he says, the value goes further. First, it can be used with a standard GPS signal, because the altitude (barometer) outputs from the MTi-G-710 support correction of the receiver’s altitude outputs. This saves the cost of the subscription required for a differential GPS receiver.

And overall, the accuracy, precision and reliability of the TSPI measurements produced by the CDO prototype are slightly better than those of much larger and heavier commercial-grade TSPI systems approved for use today.

“Evaluation of the CDO prototype has been a great success,” says CDO’s Chris Smith. “We have now been invited by the US government to take our prototype forward into advanced system testing with a view to deployment. I’m delighted that we have been able to achieve our goal of reducing the weight, size and cost of TSPI instrumentation. And I’m certain that our development time was considerably shorter than we expected it to be, because the comprehensive functionality and user-friendly outputs provided by the MTi-G-710 sensor simplified both the hardware design and the software interface which we designed to run on the Getac tablet.”

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We Have Updated Our GSA Contract


We are proud to announce that we have several updates to our General Services Administration (GSA) Contract. The mass mod for our GSA Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) Contract was offered and we accepted the offer. This update allowed us to also add a new Cloud SIN to our MAS contract!

In addition to accepting the mass mod and adding the new Cloud SIN, we have also added over 25 additional labor categories as well. These updates will enable us to better serve our customer on this contract.

View the federal prime contract pricelist below for more information.


CATS Cloud Solution


Investing in an Affordable Asset Tracking Solution

CDO Technologies, Inc. located in Dayton, Ohio, is the creator of the Critical Asset Tracking Solution (CATS) now available in the Cloud. Our CATS Solution improves asset management and logistics by providing greater visibility, accuracy, and efficiency to your business or organization. CATS is used by both private and public companies to facilitate tracking of their critical assets. Searching for missing items such as tools, equipment, client files, electronic components, consumer goods, or customer information can drastically hinder workflow efficiency and increase costs. By cost effectively adding visibility points to an asset’s travel path your company or organization will better serve customers, increase production capability, and reduce replacement costs.

Al Wofford, CEO of CDO Technologies explained, “Every company loses stuff. We’ve seen companies from law firms to manufacturing firms, to services and organizations, all using our critical asset tracking solution to keep track of things.” A specific example is tooling. For smaller manufacturing companies tooling is a significant investment and replacing lost tools is costly. With CATS Cloud a small company can afford to track critical assets and reduce unnecessary expenditures.

What are the benefits to CATS in the Cloud? The CATS Cloud solution is maintained and managed by CDO Technologies. We issue the CATS software updates and maintain the cloud-based server infrastructure. The customer is responsible for connectivity and data archive. CDO Technologies handles all the set-up in the cloud so launching your new asset tracking solution is easy… Just sign-up and start tracking!

“Where’s my stuff?”

Asset tracking and visibility is an underappreciated challenge that is faced by companies of all sizes. Time costs related to searching for tools or raw materials, production downtime due to misplaced raw materials, delayed customer shipments due to lost finished goods are real expenses that impact your operations and shrink your bottom line. The perception that an asset tracking solution is big and costly is not true. We invite you to invest in a phone call to share your challenges with us and learn a little more about how an asset tracking solution can work for you.

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