RFID and IoT solutions supplier Venture Research Inc. has received a contract through the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) “to supply mobile passive radio frequency identification (pRFID) systems for the U.S. Navy to use at four geographically diverse sites,” according to BusinessWire.
With the end goal of the U.S. military capturing large-scale asset tracking data through reliable means, the initiative aims to gauge the performance of a tracking solution that, according to BusinessWire, combines Venture Research’s “MultiTrak™ mobile pRFID reader with its integrated geo-positioning capability with a customizable application programming interface (API).”
“We are pleased to be working with NCMS and the U.S. Navy to accurately track military and commercial assets through our unique solution that will improve inventory traceability and reduce wasted labor hours due to lost items,” says Venture Research President John Baker. “The American tax payer will also see cost savings resulting from this implementation due to improved accuracy and reduction of redundant inventory.”
As one can imagine, it’s vital to classify, quantify, and pinpoint assets for proficient military and commercial inventory management. However, earlier RFID solutions had yet to offer a mobile system suited for harsh environments with geo-positioning integration that could, for example, be attached to a vehicle. A system combining these abilities would increase efficiency and reduce costs at inventory management sites like Navy piers.
Designed for remote RFID and IoT monitoring, the MultiTrak tracking solution “integrates multi-sensors, GPS, UHF RFID, BLE, WiFi, and 4G LTE cellular capability,” according to Venture Research. Listing a few notable features, it’s cloud managed, weatherproof, location aware, vehicle mountable, offers real-time support, and is PTCRB certified.
“The Venture Research API and integrated mobile pRFID solution, which will be utilized under stringent military requirements, will offer significant promise for military, commercial, and consumer applications,” says Nicholas Brown, NCMS project manager. “The successful deployment of this system is expected to yield operational improvements that will be applicable beyond Navy pier asset management and intermediate support efforts. The MultiTrak solution will encompass a variety of large-scale material management operations.”