Case Studies

Safeguarding the U.S. Military Armory with RFID Technology

The ability to account for and track weapons is a critical responsibility – and challenge – for the U.S. Military.

The government has mandated weapons tracking for years, but inefficient and ineffective punch card – and barcode-based systems have proven to be inadequate solutions to the problem within the armory. The military continues to struggle with the complications of misplaced weaponry, laborious – and inaccurate – inventory processes, and the inability to trace a weapon’s complete usage history.

Looking for a cost-effective way to automate the check-in and check-out processes while strengthening its weapons intelligence, one armory turned to RFID to streamline and improve the weapons management process.

The RFID system by A2B Tracking has freed personnel resources from laborious data-recording tasks both at the check-out window and during back room cycle counts. Before deploying the RFID system, the between-shifts cycle count was so labor-intensive that it was rarely completed using the manual system. Utilizing the latest RFID technology allowed the armory to perform a complete cycle count in a fraction of the time that it took before. In addition, it has improved the accuracy of inventory and has provided real-time weapons location data. The new software system’s features also support maintenance, certification and other weapon life cycle management tasks, and facilitate the location of specific weapons that require upkeep or re-certification.

These benefits have been recognized by organizations beyond the military as well, and RFID is rapidly becoming the tracking method of choice for weapons management. Law enforcement, security organizations and weapons manufacturers and distributors are implementing RFID systems, as are many factories, which are often responsible for tracking tools, dies and other expensive assets

Now offering a range of high-performing low-profile tags, Vizinex is even better equipped to meet the exacting read ranges and limited footprint requirements of small weapons and other military assets. Recent additions to the Sentry series, including the Shortie, Shortie 270 and Skinnie, hold up in the face of extreme environments that destroy ordinary equipment, including intense heat and repeated temperature cycles, high pressures, radiation, impacts, and weather. And unlike the expensive ceramic tags seen on the market today, Sentry RFID tags are built to withstand the sand-blasting and repainting many military weapons undergo in their life cycle – at a fraction of the price.

By pairing these optimally-sized, mount-on-metal RFID tags with fixed entry point and mobile RFID readers, armories can now manage check-in/check-out processes and trace a weapon through the supply chain, both individually and in bulk. The result? Streamlined inventory processes, real-time tracking capabilities and a fortified chain of custody to minimize shrinkage and loss.

If you have a challenging RFID tag application, contact us today and realize the benefits of Vizinex RFID.

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