Cubic delivers asset-tracking capability to US Army
Cubic Global Tracking Solutions, the asset visibility solutions provider of Cubic Corporation, is providing new wireless mesh network technology to the US Army for tracking military vehicles and equipment at the Army's Camp Arifjan Wash Rack, located near Kuwait City, Kuwait.
Cubic GTS and prime contractor ARINC Engineering Services, LLC successfully demonstrated their mesh network tracking solution in early 2011 under the Army Logistics Innovation Agency's asset visibility program known as Next Generation Wireless Communications for Logistics Applications (NGWC). In June, Cubic delivered 2,000 new mesh network asset tags at Camp Arifjan.
The Logistics Innovation Agency, in concert with Army Sustainment Command and Army Central Command, is implementing the Army Mobility Asset Tracking System (AMATS), which integrates cutting-edge wireless communications with sensors to provide a secure, wireless, automatic identification network.
Cubic GTS technology is at the heart of the AMATS system. Its small, battery-powered Mesh Asset Tags with GPS receivers are attached to vehicles at Camp Arifjan and automatically connect wirelessly with one another to form a mesh network. The precise location of any tag can be determined by searching for its serial number in the Cubic GTS Device Management Center, a central database of all tags in operation.
The ARINC/Cubic NGWC asset tracking solution is now helping to track and organize thousands of US military vehicles at Camp Arifjan, including tanks, MRAPS, Humvees, trucks and other vehicles and equipment being redeployed from Iraq as the US draws down its forces. At Camp Arifjan, the tracking operations are run by the 2-401st Army Field Support Brigade.
"This implementation of Cubic GTS mesh networking is part of an end-to-end asset-tracking concept being developed with the US Army's Logistics Innovation Agency," said Mary Ann Wagner, president of Cubic Global Tracking Solutions. "The goal is to provide enhanced logistics situational awareness and global, near-real-time asset visibility across the Department of Defense distribution networks."
"AMATS infuses new technology called mesh networking to enhance logistics business processes through faster responses based on improved asset visibility," said Wagner. "AMATS meets the needs of the transforming force and at the same time affords significant cost savings."
Cubic GTS is a subcontractor to ARINC Engineering Services in delivering the NGWC solution. Cubic Global Tracking Solutions is an international provider of defense and commercial asset visibility solutions used by the Department of Defense for container tracking, yard management and shipment monitoring in the Middle East and Southwest Asia as well as other locations worldwide.
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