3 Ways RFID Technology Safeguards the US Military Armory

Weapons tracking is a central concern to the DoD, and they have required tracking for many years in many forms to protect these important assets. In the past, government agencies have relied on punch-card and barcode systems to track weapon inventory, but these methods have proven to be inefficient and ineffective. The military continues to struggle with these issues, as it is relatively easy for complications to arise with misplaced weaponry and labor-intensive maintenance of their current systems.

Today, armories are looking for a cost-effective way to automate check-in and check-out processes while tracking weapon maintenance and certifications. RFID systems are becoming the solution of choice, as they offer durability, efficiency, and accuracy when it comes to asset tracking in the military.

RFID Reduces Strain on Personnel

Our RFID systems have maximized personnel resources by reducing prolonged paperwork tasks at the check-out window and during regular backroom cycle counts. Without RFID, cycle counts relied on manual processes, which comes with its own set of problems. To get a cycle count done quickly, a large number of people would be needed. To save on personnel resources, a small group of people could be used, but the count would take a lot of time. Utilizing RFID technology, there are considerable savings in both time spent and personnel used, in addition to increased accuracy in the cycle count and the advantage of real-time weapons location data. Our RFID systems are also capable of tracking maintenance, certification and other weapon life cycle management tasks, so armories can know when their weapons need upkeep or recertification.

RFID Saves The Budget

The costs of adopting an RFID system to track weapons in an armory is relatively low. Implementation of such a system is easy and does not dramatically disrupt any existing procedures or workflows. RFID tracking only serves to make such procedures more efficient and less time-consuming, thus improving labor utilization and increasing accuracy of your data. Such benefits easily justify any monetary costs associated with implementing an RFID system.

The effectiveness of RFID tracking has been noticed and utilized by organizations beyond the United States government and military. Law enforcement, security organizations, weapons manufacturers and distributors have recognized the advantages and have implemented RFID tracking systems, while other industries that utilize expensive or mission critical assets have also started tracking using RFID technology.

RFID Tags are Durable

RFID tracking is also reliable in that it is incredibly durable. Using paper for tracking puts your records at risk for loss or damage, while barcode labels, although durable, requires the processing of one asset at a time. RFID tags like those manufactured by Vizinex RFID are strong and can withstand extreme temperature swings, radiation, impacts, high pressures, and inclement weather. They are also built to survive the cleaning, sandblasting, and repainting that large military assets are subject to throughout their life cycle.

A2B Tracking offers the integrated technology and support for full deployment of RFID tracking. We have years of experience implementing RFID for government use and can tailor our systems to your individual needs while still meeting compliance requirements in the military. Call today to find out how we can help your organization track your assets more effectively and efficiently or download the A2B Tracking solutions brochure.