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US military awards new RFID contract to Unisys

Unisys has won a new radio frequency identification (RFID) contract with the US military to improve its supply chain.

Unisys has won a radio frequency identification (RFID) contract with the US military to improve its supply chain.

The contract with the US Department of Defence (DoD) is worth around £14.7m over a year, with further three one-year options on the table which could boost the value up to £57m, said Unisys.

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.

Greg Baroni, senior vice president of Unisys Federal Systems, said “War fighters labour in austere circumstances and environments. Unisys, with partners L-3 Communications TMSD and WFI Government Services, is proud to support our soldiers globally with this network.”
 
Unisys currently tracks around 125,000 shipments of supplies each week, including ammunition, food/rations and water, medical supplies, vehicles, vehicle parts and aircraft, using RFID tags.

Fixed and handheld readers send and receive radio signals to and from the tags. Because data written to each tag is replicated among five servers, users worldwide have access to the same information on each item.

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