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Download Our Latest Case Study: Military Depot Speeds Up Maintenance Cycle Times with IUID
As the leading DoD IUID program partner, we know what it’s like to work alongside some of our nation’s brightest military veterans. They’re skilled. They’re dedicated. They’re our customers. They’re us. With every new project collaboration, and with every new veteran we meet, we come away with a little more insight into what it means to truly commit to doing a good job. It’s something that just comes across. And although we’re not with them on the front lines, we know that what we do for them at A2B helps keep them safe and prepared when they’re there.
For Most, Auto ID Doesn’t Come Naturally
A Message from A2B President Peter Collins
As a CEO, I get to do what any CEO loves to do: gather a bunch of unsuspecting employees, especially new hires, into a conference room and explain to a captive audience exactly what the company does and why it’s so great for the people it serves. I tell them about how our breakthrough Auto ID technologies – barcode and RFID – are fundamentally revolutionizing the way inventory, supply chain and compliance managers do their jobs. I talk about how our Auto ID solutions are transforming our customers into superheroes by bestowing upon them the power of x-ray vision into the location, condition and status of all their items….how this makes things more efficient and boosts their ROI. I’m passionate about the benefits and I’m naturally excited whenever I get to tell the whole story.
Then I return to my office thinking, “Great speech, Pete. You really laid it all out there for them. The benefits of Auto ID technology are big and beautiful. No doubt about it. Organizations should naturally be flocking to them. How could they not?”
It’s this last question that has been niggling me recently. Why is it that most organizations don’t naturally gravitate to Auto ID? Clearly, everyone wants to leverage the reliable, precise item data that can be captured and stored in a database using barcode and RFID technology. What’s getting in the way?
I am coming to the conclusion that the stumbling block has less to do with the benefits of Auto ID technology and more to do with an organization’s internal structure. Everyone wants Auto ID, but no one is exactly leaping out of their seats to take responsibility for implementing it because it means coordinating with so many facets of the organization. It’s understandable. I have visited with many companies who have packed their conference rooms with representatives from procurement, compliance, supply chain, production, systems, engineering and other departments. With so many stakeholders, it’s easy to imagine the complexity of coming up with an Auto ID solution that will satisfy all of them.
The supply chain folks, for instance, are drawn to the idea of total asset visibility using Auto ID and will want to leverage the hands-off, automated capture of asset data as items flow through various points within the organization’s operations. People in compliance may need to make sure the company’s products and packaging are identified using barcode and RFID technology in a way that satisfies explicit U.S. Department of Defense MIL-STD-130 and MIL-STD-129 military standards. Engineering may want to know how to apply Auto ID technologies to build traceability into a product to affirm its reliability or authenticity throughout its lifecycle. Everyone will have different needs. Everyone will have different questions.
So let’s start with the questions. For those looking to overcome the perceived complexity and spearhead an effort to implement Auto ID in a commercial, government or military organization, getting the answers they want, begins with asking the right questions. Ask yourself:
1. What are the clear benefits my organization will realize using Auto ID technology?
2. What commercial or government standards does my Auto ID solution need to meet?
3. Do I choose barcode? RFID?
4. What business processes will be impacted?
5. Will the Auto ID system hardware and software meet the needs of all stakeholders?
6. How about system mobility? Do I need industrial-strength devices? Smartphones? Either? Both?
7. Will the solution improve my decision-making and help me make better use of resources?
8. What ROI can I expect?
A2B can steer you to the right answers by helping you assess your Auto ID needs – taking into account all the key players and operations being impacted. We provide the consultation, systems, software and an expanded range of professional services to help you implement a barcode or RFID solution that yields the best possible results. With Auto ID, you can improve your inventory, supply chain, production and other operations – and meet compliance standards and make better decisions.
Hey, you might even become a superhero.
Heads Up Property Managers!
IUID Implementation Webinar Coming Soon
Stay tuned to A2B Tracking 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.
We’ll be in touch soon with dates and times. Meantime, contact A2B by email or call 401.683.5215 if you would like more information.
Insightful Discussions on IUID Technology and Opportunities
The GAO Report on IUID and Clean Audit Policy
This latest A2B webinar spells out how the Government Accountability Office affirms the use of Item Unique Identification (IUID) as a critical asset identification and tracking tool that can facilitate DoD compliance with mandatory Clean Audit and FIAR initiatives. We lay out the challenges and explain how the technology to meet them already exists and is available right now.
Join us to learn…
- Key points from the GAO Report and how it relates to FIAR
- How to effectively implement the requirements of the mandate, turning policy into reality today
- What IUID means for legacy equipment, new end items, and GFP
- How IUID provides asset visibility and accountability to more efficiently move supplies to our warfighters
- How automation of item identification eliminates slow-paced and error-prone manual procedures and more…
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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