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There’s eggnog in the dairy case so it must be holiday time. Sometimes we’re so “heads down” that we don’t seem to sense the months passing. First we’re sweeping pine needles from the living room floor, then the ump is sweeping off home plate at Fenway. We’re no sooner removing the blanket from around the tree, than we’re laying one down on the warm beach sand. One day we’re drinking a toast to the new year, and the next…well, eggnog. But that’s what the holiday season is for, right? It gives us the opportunity to pause with our families, friends and peers, and reflect on the year’s golden moments – which can be strung like popcorn around a fresh new spruce to make this holiday season even more beautiful.
Are you letting an ideal solution go to waste?
A Message from A2B President Peter Collins
Back in April of this year, I penned a blog in our Tracking Trends eNewsletter entitled, “IUID. A Potential Antidote to Government Waste.” In it, I spoke a bit on the estimated worth of all Department of Defense assets ($3 trillion) and how a significant portion of DoD assets are unaccounted for – they either can’t be found (hidden assets) or are otherwise unrecorded (presumably due to clerical error or procedural inefficiencies). I also presented a couple of options for fighting this waste. One way was to focus on managing the assets the department already owns more efficiently. Another was to adopt a technology that reduces the instance of duplicate, obsolete and unneeded assets. And I proposed a viable solution to achieve both options: implementing IUID barcode technology.
My understanding of the waste the DoD generates using the status quo was reinforced when, just last month, Reuters investigative reporter, Scot Paltrow, released a video describing how the U.S. Armed Services are spending billions of dollars to store – and sometimes destroy – excess equipment and outdated materiel. The information contained in the video, entitled, “Billions in Pentagon Spending Down a Black Hole,” stemmed from visits the reporter made to military warehouses where such waste was revealed.
Mr. Paltrow’s recent account compels me to reiterate that it doesn’t have to be this way. The technology to reduce or eliminate wasteful asset management practices, take control of asset stockpiles and save billions of dollars is available right now. Today. It’s IUID.
I realize that military budgets are shrinking – especially with the onset of budget sequestration. This is another reason why adopting IUID to identify and track every single military asset is so manifestly necessary and sensible. IUID offers the best possible solution for navigating through the perfect storm of both DoD belt-tightening and waste. In fact, the Armed Services is already integrating IUID and has marked over 22 million items. You can achieve results by implementing in baby steps, spreading out expenditures while realizing benefits as you go.
- Find an IUID systems integrator such as A2B, who allows you to start small and grow the effort as practicable. IUID is not an all-or-nothing proposition. For example, in a current program, A2B is literally creating an IUID infrastructure for one DoD customer building by building as budgets allow.
- Focus on key processes that will provide you the best return on your IUID investment. You can begin reaping the benefits of IUID – tighter inventory accountability and asset visibility – right away by implementing it in processes that will give you the most traction. In another program, A2B started out by first establishing a baseline inventory control process, then expanded the operation by installing equipment to label or scan new items entering the inventory, as well as those being removed from stock.
- Bring your OEMs in step with the program by requiring that they mark assets properly and consistently using IUID. Perform quality checks to make sure they’re complying.
At a time of reduced budgets and cries for austerity in the face of mounting government debt, we shouldn’t have to accept continued waste in the military: not when the answer is so simple and the technology so immediately available. I have a feeling I’ll be checking back on this article months from now to find the kinds of stories outlined in Scot Paltrow’s video have subsided. With the adoption of IUID in the military as well as the greater defense community, I think the chances are good
Heads Up Property Managers!
Join Cinda Brockman, CPPM, CF, and former SAIC VP, Director Corporate Property for a special webinar presentation devoted to helping property managers meet strict new government compliance standards for government property using IUID barcode technology. It will provide property and asset professionals with a clear path to full IUID implementation – from planning a strategy and defining team roles, to assessing system needs, selecting a vendor and managing data. It’s all there, so you should be, too.
December 19, 2013 2:00 PM EST
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With more than 25 years’ work experience in asset management, including capital assets and leased equipment, Cinda has been a member of NPMA since 1986 where she has held a variety of positions for the Mission San Diego Chapter. She represented SAIC as Chair on the Aerospace Industries Association’s Property Committee and serves as Vice Chair for ASTM International Property Committee, E53. She was a recipient of the 2011 Conference Proceedings Awards and a member of the Quarter Century Club. Cinda is an NPMA Certified Professional Property Manager and Consulting Fellow.
A2B Tracking Receives Seaport-e Prime Contract Award
A2B Tracking has received a prime contractor award from Seaport-e, the U.S. Navy’s electronic platform for procuringsupport services in 22 functional areas using powerful web-based, e-business technologies. A2B will provide logistical support, supply and provisioning support, and in-service engineering, installation and checkout support. Serialized item management using A2B’s advanced machine-readable IUID and RFID technologies inherently aligns with the military’s need to track assets and equipment throughout all stages of their lifecycle. A2B capabilities will also enable the military to realize full asset accountability for the FIAR (Financial Improvement and Audit Readiness) directorate. Read more
Insightful Discussions on IUID Technology and Opportunities
IUID Implementation Webinar for Property Managers
This A2B webinar focuses on helping property managers meet strict new government compliance standards for government property using IUID barcode technology. It will provide property and asset professionals with a clear path to full IUID implementation – from planning a strategy and defining team roles, to assessing system needs, selecting a vendor and managing data.
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IUID 101 is the industry primer for IUID, which was designed to support the Department of Defense, DoD contractors and suppliers who use it to identify, mark and track critical assets. Gain basic insight into IUID technology development and its promising application across numerous industries and operational functions.
Here’s what you’ll learn…
- The background and intent of IUID policy
- Strategies for meeting IUID requirement challenges
- How RFID and IUID policies intersect
- The areas of your business affected by IUID compliance
- The various technologies available to help you comply
- How A2B Tracking can support your compliance requirement
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