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DLA Plans IoT Solution for Tracking Assets at Texas Facility

The agency has signed a multi-million-dollar contract with Savi to initially track the movements of 24,000 vehicles and other high-value assets at the Red River Deport, as well as wherever the vehicles are deployed around the world.
By Claire Swedberg

The sensors will be attached to vehicles (on either the top or side) and can transmit data including a tag's unique ID number (linked with a specific asset) and that item's GPS-based location, along with a date and time stamp and its battery life, two times a day. As the vehicle is moved from one location to another, the device sends its unique ID number, with longitude and latitude coordinates.

Vicki Warker
Data is captured and managed on the cloud-based Visibility software platform, which identifies where each vehicle is located, then forwards that information to the DoD's RF-ITV network so it can be accessed by logistics managers. With this data, managers can understand the locations of all assets within their supply chain, and thereby determine when any cargo is delayed or misrouted, and thus better anticipate arrival at a specific destination.

The intent, Johnston explains, is to spare personnel from labor related to tracking inventory "so that they can pursue more pressing tasks." With the solution, she says, the DLA will gain real-time location data regarding each vehicle, no matter in what part of the world it is located or how it is being operated.

Marianne Cullen
"There are times when it's suggested that the government is not on the bleeding edge" when it comes to technology adoption, says Vicki Warker, Savi's chief marketing officer. This contract indicates otherwise, she maintains, since the agency "is taking significant steps into IoT technology." She adds, "There's a huge potential here for very granular-level management with a technology-based tool." In fact, adds Marianne Cullen, Savi's marketing director, the DLA is proving with the contract "that they are very open to adopting new technology."

Earlier this summer, the U.S. government extended the active RFID-IV contract through April 2019 (see Savi-DoD Contract Brings Cellular Connectivity, Mobility to Asset Management). Last month, Savi received an additional order from two DoD agencies for active RFID tags, with a total of 48,000 active RFID tags added to the 1 million such tags already deployed by the DoD and other international militaries (see Savi Receives Orders for Active RFID Tags from Tw U.S. Defense Agencies).

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