The Australian Defense Force signed a $10.1 million contract with Savi Technology to provide RFID-based consignment management systems that will make that country's military in-transit visibility network interoperable with those of the United States, the United Kingdom and Denmark.
Brigadier David McGahey, ADF Director-General for Materiels Systems, said, "It is our expectation that this increased visibility will significantly reduce our overall supply costs and make our logistics more efficient and effective. We currently have poor visibility of hundreds of millions of items, and we need greater collaborative visibility with our allies. We expect this system will help us to be more flexible and agile in responding to changing redeployments."
Savi will initially install fixed RFID readers and software systems to process, manage and integrate data at about 30 checkpoints in ADF transport, distribution and inventory facilities in Australia.
Savi's technology also gives the ADF interoperability with U.S. Defense Department's expanding radio frequency-based in-transit visibility network - the world's largest, covering 1,500 locations in 45 countries.
The ADF system is also designed to be interoperable with RFID networks at commercial seaports through which defense organizations move their supplies, including in Iraq.
McGahey said the system will also help improve container shipment security to counter potential terrorist attacks on the ADF's supply chain.