Unisys Corporation has announced it is one of four companies selected to compete for contracts as part of the U.S. government’s RFID III program. The companies were selected by the U.S. Army Program Executive Office-Enterprise Information Systems for an indefinite delivery indefinite quantity contract, with a total ceiling value of $428 million.
Under the terms of the contract, the companies selected will compete for task orders to provide RFID technology and services to all U.S. federal government agencies as well as to NATO and other coalition partner countries. The contract has a three-year base period and seven one-year options, exercisable at the discretion of the government.
The RFID III program is the successor to the Army’s RFID II contract, awarded in January 2003. The new program represents a move within the U.S. Department of Defense towards a competitive approach to RFID technology procurements, based on international standards.
Unisys has served as prime RFID contractor for the Department of Defense (DoD) since 1994. During this relationship, the DoD has created of one of the largest active RFID networks in the world, the Army’s RFID In-Transit Visibility (RF-ITV) system. Nearly 200 Unisys personnel are deployed worldwide in support of the RFID-based system, which spans more than 31 countries.
Under the RFID III contract, Unisys will be able to provide the DOD and other federal agencies with RFID technology as well as services; Unisys plans to deploy RFID hardware from partner companies Hi-G-Tek and Identec Solutions.