Polish army adopts RFID technology

To support NATO peace keeping in Afghanistan and elsewhere, the Polish Ministry of Defence (PMD) is deploying a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)-based solution to automate tracking and management of military supplies.

To support NATO peace keeping in Afghanistan and elsewhere, the Polish Ministry of Defence (PMD) is deploying a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)-based solution provided by Savi Technology, to automate tracking and management of military supplies.

This is said to mark the second largest NATO-related installation of Savi’s RFID networked solution and the eighth separate defense force deployment of it worldwide.

“Savi’s innovative solution has been battle-tested for more than a decade, and we anticipate that it will help us to collaborate more closely with our allies, while creating a more reliable and efficient supply chain in support of the soldier,” said Col. Artur Malinowski, PMD’s Generalny Zarad Logistyki, P-4.

“The system will be used to track and manage consignments in the Polish Ministry of Defence’s extended supply chain through depots, bases, airfields and other military installations.”

“Poland has an important role in NATO to support peace keeping in Afghanistan, and our tracking solution enhances supply chain visibility and accuracy to ensure that the right supplies get to the right place at the right time,” said Bruce Jacquemard, managing director-International, for Savi Technology.

PMD’s Military Property Agency contracted with the Netline Group to procure the Savi Consignment Management Solution (CMS), which provides near real-time information on the location of supplies through a network of RFID readers linked to enterprise-level, decision-support software.

The Netline Group has partnered with Hertz Systems for services to help install hardware and software.

CMS is based on NATO asset tracking standards that enable it to be interoperable with NATO-allied defense forces.

As a result, both national and multi-national consignments can be tracked and managed through networks operated by multiple defense forces when using the standards-based solution.

Consignments tagged with active, battery-powered RFID devices are monitored by fixed and mobile readers, while the 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 Technologies, such as bar codes, passive RFID and GPS satellite location systems.

For more information, visit www.savi.com.