In a typical installation, the supplier might be required to place an RFID tag on every item of clothing which will be shipped and worn by a U.S. soldier. This is a great value to the Army, as a soldier can now walk through an RFID reader portal, carrying a bag with his assigned equipment and clothing. Immediately, there is a complete printout of all equipment and clothing the soldier has. This includes a list of any equipment he should have, but doesn't have. This can prevent mistakes, and avoid the problem of soldiers being deployed without all their assigned equipment. The military credits the system with cutting the time to outfit a new recruit and ensure all equipment is present from five hours to two hours. Suppliers who provide equipment to the military use NOX DOD Online to safely guarantee that they have a full accounting of their shipments.
"Accounting for military equipment was the first use of RFID tags," says Carl Brown, President of SimplyRFID. "It makes the most sense because of the extreme value it brings to the field of operations. But the value in tracking and counting assets carries over into commercial life in every aspect. What bank doesn't need to know where every one of its computer servers are, at every moment? If you have a thousand pieces of equipment, spread over nine locations, don't you need to know where they are, instantly? You can't do that with a team of people running around crawling under desks looking for serial numbers. RFID brings military-level productivity into commercial operations, which has to improve the bottom line."
The online DOD service offers government contractors immediate access to their own databases of shipments. More information is available at http://simplyrfid.com/
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