NFC Group’s Orion Data Network Solutions for the Military, including our B360 Asset Tracker, are compatible with mobile devices, Bar Coding, UID Codes and a variety of RFID Technologies. These solutions enable fuel sensing, generator, supply chain and inventory management; Military personnel security and protection; high value freight, vehicle and document monitoring and asset theft and damage prevention for the Army, Navy and Air Force.
Military Asset Tracking Challenges
In recent years, there has been a spotlight on internal operations in the Military. With regard to the US Military, for example, Reuters released a report a couple of years ago showing that manual asset tracking processes, prone to human error, resulted in the Military spending its budget on new supplies that were not needed and on storing old supplies that were out of date and ready for disposal. In 2014, ABC news also reported that inefficient asset tracking, monitoring and recovery resulted in 15,600 pieces of missing equipment valued at approximately $419.5 million. These issues not only adversely affect the Defence budget; the repercussions can be far more serious if these inefficiencies lead to equipment shortages that negatively impact training, special operations or emergency response. It’s important that Military units take the same highly organised and efficient approach to internal operations as they do to defending their country. A successful solution needs to seamlessly link people, vehicles, equipment, vessels and medical supplies even in the most remote locations outside of cellular range.
Individual Military bases are accountable to their government for the property that’s assigned to them. When asset tracking data is entered manually into spreadsheets there is a high risk of costly errors and it’s impossible to enter the data in real time. This means the available information is never really up to date and you cannot be sure where your assets are and what condition they are in. It’s impossible to accurately deploy your assets, calculate depreciation or predict maintenance schedules. This is information that needs to be highly accurate and available to all relevant personnel, not just a couple of people who are responsible for inventory and data entry. Automating your Military asset tracking eliminates the risk of human error and the potential for fraudulent data to be entered.