Accession Number : ADA300845

Title :   Tracking Air Force Pallets Using RFID Technology: A Concept Study.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF LOGISTICS AND ACQUIS ITION MANAGEMENT

Personal Author(s) : Gross, Gary A.

PDF Url : ADA300845

Report Date : SEP 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 70

Abstract : The lack of asset visibility experienced at Aerial Ports of Embarkation (APOEs) during Operation Desert Storm is a phenomenon that has occurred in every major conflict for the last 40 years. The costs associated with this lack of control directly relate to tbe combat readiness and capability of supported units. This study examined the possibility of installing a Radio Frequency Identification (RF/ID) system to track Department of Defense 463L pallets worldwide. Performance characteristics of commercially available RF/ID systems were summarized, and a conceptual Air Mobility Command (AMC) tracking system was presented. For purposes of concept study, Amtech Corporation's Intellitag RT 2000 system was selected as the representative system. Costs to acquire, implement, and maintain the representative system approach $77,000,000, based on AMC requirements and historical costs of similar large scale commercial systems. Projected benefits of RF/ID implementation are discussed in terms of lean logistics, estimated wartime cost-avoidance, and operational tests of similar systems.

Descriptors :   *IDENTIFICATION, *RADIOFREQUENCY, *PALLETS, *AIRMOBILE OPERATIONS, TEST AND EVALUATION, MILITARY OPERATIONS, AIR FORCE, IRAQ, CORPORATIONS, COMBAT READINESS, TRACKING, COSTS, VISIBILITY, HISTORY, LOGISTICS, COMMERCIAL EQUIPMENT, BENEFITS, AIRPORTS.

Subject Categories : Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE