Radio Frequency Identification: Supporting the Warfighter

The Department of Defense has a vast collection of defense equipment and tools, and managing the inventory of these crucial materials is a huge challenge. But despite their ever-increasing inventory, they successfully found effective ways to stay on top of their inventory. In fact, the United States’ first traditional punch cards were a huge help in World War II.
But today, the era of traditional punch cards is over. The Department of Defense is embracing Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags on all their items, and every product released for the DoD will have an RFID tag, allowing high-speed tracking, accurate inventory, and total protection.

The Basics of RFID

Radio Frequency Identification can track the information of the equipment including the location, time of entry and exit, and the overall condition. Each DoD item has its own unique RFID tag that makes it visible at every step along the supply chain. It’s an efficient data collection tool, providing clear visibility of assets and allowing more efficient shipment, acceptance, and inventory management.

A Versatile Tool

There are no reasons why the military should hold RFID back. Since these radio frequencies, mud, dirt, UV exposure, and water won’t pose risks to RFID’s efficiency. With RFID tags, the DoD can still run their operations in harsh environments and extreme weather conditions. Unlike traditional bar codes, climatic conditions such as storms, rain, fog, and snow will never be a problem when it comes to RFID packaging and labeling.

Medical Protection at its Finest

RFID packaging and labeling can also help improve medical care in the military. When used in the field, it improves the end-to-end visibility and tracking of medical equipment and supplies, leading to quick medical actions for the war fighters. That small chip can hold a soldier’s overall military record, allowing medical professionals to manage their triage records quickly and treat injured heroes right away.

Sure, the DoD experienced similar benefits before with traditional bar code labels, but with RFID, they don’t need proper line of sight as reading RFID tags is much faster and easier. These tags are valuable tools that improve the processes and commands of our modern-day heroes, in real time.

We offer a number of reliable solutions currently in use by many defense contractors and the DoD itself.  Learn more about MIL-Comply RFID solutions.