The Polish Ministry of Defense has announced it will adopt an RFID-enabled system created by Lockheed Martin subsidiary Savi to automate tracking and management of military supplies in Afghanistan. This is the second largest NATO-related installation of the Savi Consignment Management Solution (CMS) and the eighth separate defense force deployment of it worldwide.
The Savi CMS is based on NATO asset tracking standards that enable it to be interoperable with NATO-allied defense forces. Versions of it are in use with defense forces at NATO headquarters, and in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Denmark, Sweden and Spain. The NATO standardization enables both national and multi-national consignments to be tracked and managed through networks operated by multiple defense forces.
In the system, consignments tagged with active RFID devices are monitored by fixed and mobile readers, while the Savi CMS software platform enables users to manage the consignments while in-transit throughout their supply chain journey.
CMS also processes real-time data transmissions from other types of Automatic Identification and Data Collection technologies, such as bar codes, passive RFID and GPS satellite location systems. The system also provides built in capability to integrate with other mission systems and enables linkage of consignment management processes to other processes such as material inventory management, supply procurement and deployment planning.
The Savi solution will be used to track and manage consignments in the Polish Ministry of Defense’s extended supply chain through depots, bases, airfields and other military installations.