U.S. Army Uses RFID to Track and Manage Parachutes

By Bob Violino

With no room for error, the chain-of custody solution reduces costs and labor and improves safety.

Since it began using parachutes in 1943, the U.S. Army has tracked and managed the equipment via manual methods that are labor-intensive, error-prone and susceptible to malicious tampering. In the early 2000s, the Army reclassified personal parachute systems, as well as other aerial-delivery equipment used by military personnel, and required that these items be managed using individual serial numbers. But serial number management would require an aut...

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