Saturday, 16 June, 2007

Unisys procures a £14.7m contract from US Army !

Hi all,

Unisys, a worldwide technology services and solutions company, has procured a healthy contract from the US Department of Defence (DoD) is worth around £14.7m. Unisys began working with the DoD on RFID technology 13 years ago, to maintain and enhance an in-transit visibility system for supplies using RFID.

Unisys, an industry leader in the integration, deployment and support of automatic identification technology, and the U.S. Army have worked tirelessly to establish, develop, operate and maintain one of the largest, most successful RFID networks in the world.

Wait a minute, what is an RFID and whats the use of it??

This must be your question, if you havent heard of this technical name....isnt it?

Here comes the much awaited answer.., ;)

Radio-frequency identification (RFID) is an automatic identification method, relying on storing and remotely retrieving data using devices called RFID tags or transponders. An RFID tag is an object that can be attached to or incorporated into a product, animal, or person for the purpose of identification using radio waves. Most RFID tags contain at least two parts. One is an integrated circuit for storing and processing information, modulating and demodulating a radio frequency (RF) signal and perhaps other specialized functions. The second is an antenna for receiving and transmitting the signal. An emerging technology called chipless RFID allows for discrete identification of tags without an integrated circuit, thereby allowing tags to be printed directly onto assets at lower cost than traditional tags. They are widely used in the hospitals,defense or even used to track a particular object...

Ok... In what way RFID enables the Military operations??

Unisys tracks approximately 125,000 shipments of supplies each week, including ammunition, food/rations and water, medical supplies, vehicles, vehicle parts and aircraft. Attached to these shipments are RFID tags that store information vital to the soldier.

Unisys tracks shipments across all modes of transportation - truck, rail, ship and air - to their final destinations in combatant commands worldwide.

Fixed and handheld readers send and receive radio signals to and from the tags. Because data written to each tag are replicated among five servers, users worldwide have access to the same information on each item. Consequently, decision-makers at all levels of command and throughout the logistics supply chain can plan, prioritize and redirect shipments accordingly and collaboratively.

Lets not to dig this topic more deeply as it may eat our golden years... :)

See you all with another interesting topic soon...

Best Regards!

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