recommended reading

Army awards RFID contracts to six vendors

The Army awarded six contracts worth a total value of $75 million for radio frequency identification in an effort that is viewed as integrating the technology more into the Defense Department global supply network.

Comment on this article in The Forum.The Army Program Manager Joint-Automated Information Technology office awarded (PM J-AIT) three-year contracts to purchase passive RFID products and services, followed by three years of maintenance. The contracts will serve users throughout the Defense Department, the Coast Guard, NATO nations and other unspecified foreign countries.

Defense requires its suppliers to attach passive RFID tags to cases containing their products to better identify the supplies on a pallet, which helps Defense track its billions of dollars' worth of supplies globally. Passive tags, which do not emit a signal until a reader activates them, have a range of about 30 feet. .

Although the RFID contracts have a relatively small dollar value, Patrick Sweeney, chief executive officer of Odin in Dulles, Va., said they are significant because it is the first Defensewide procurement that takes a systemic approach to the deployment and use of RFID technology. Defense's previous RFID procurements focused on acquisition of hardware, but this purchase will provide end users with a turnkey system that incorporates hardware and back-end software and services to integrate RFID readers into the department's global supply network, Sweeney said.

The Army awarded contracts to CDO Technologies, Code Plus, Lowry Computer Products Inc., Northrop Grumman Corp., SYS-TEC Corp. and Odin Technologies.

IBM, an Odin partner, will provide its Websphere software to help track supplies as part of the system Odin plans to build, and SRA International and Unisys will provide program management support. Lt. Col. Pat Burden, who heads PM J-AIT said the contracts will help the Army to offer site surveys, installation, integration, and training for turn-key passive RFID deployments.

Odin will provide fixed readers under the contract from Sirit Technologies of Toronto and handheld readers from Intermec. Northrop Grumman AIT Center in Williamsburg, Va., will provide fixed readers from ThingMagic in Cambridge, Mass., and handheld readers from Motorola.

It's the first time Northrop Grumman has served as a prime contractor for a PM J-AIT contract and did so at the request of its small and large industry partners, which include Domino Integrated Solutions Group, which has global asset tracking capabilities, and Onyx Government Services, a service-disabled veteran owned small business, said Sam McClintock, manager of the center.

CDO Technologies, based in Dayton, Ohio, also will provide stationary readers from Sirit and Motorola.

Threatwatch Alert

Thousands of cyber attacks occur each day

See the latest threats


Close [ x ] More from Nextgov

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from
We think these reports might interest you:

  • It’s Time for the Federal Government to Embrace Wireless and Mobility

    The United States has turned a corner on the adoption of mobile phones, tablets and other smart devices, outpacing traditional desktop and laptop sales by a wide margin. This issue brief discusses the state of wireless and mobility in federal government and outlines why now is the time to embrace these technologies in government.

  • Featured Content from RSA Conference: Dissed by NIST

    Learn more about the latest draft of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology guidance document on authentication and lifecycle management.

  • A New Security Architecture for Federal Networks

    Federal government networks are under constant attack, and the number of those attacks is increasing. This issue brief discusses today's threats and a new model for the future.

  • Going Agile:Revolutionizing Federal Digital Services Delivery

    Here’s one indication that times have changed: Harriet Tubman is going to be the next face of the twenty dollar bill. Another sign of change? The way in which the federal government arrived at that decision.

  • Software-Defined Networking

    So many demands are being placed on federal information technology networks, which must handle vast amounts of data, accommodate voice and video, and cope with a multitude of highly connected devices while keeping government information secure from cyber threats. This issue brief discusses the state of SDN in the federal government and the path forward.

  • The New IP: Moving Government Agencies Toward the Network of The Future

    Federal IT managers are looking to modernize legacy network infrastructures that are taxed by growing demands from mobile devices, video, vast amounts of data, and more. This issue brief discusses the federal government network landscape, as well as market, financial force drivers for network modernization.


When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.