The focus of this discussion will be be on Part II of this document which covers Cargo Movement. Even this section is voluminous with many areas relevant to our markets. So for today we’ll focus on Chapter 202, Section L “TRACING AND TRACKING” which pertains to DOD cargo tracking:
US Defense Department (DOD) Cargo Tracking
- If the shipment is not delivered by the RDD or within TDD standards, the shipper or consignee will initiate tracer action. When tracing service is required,the TO may place a request at the shipping activity directly with the carrier involved.
- Advance shipment data for inbound shipments will be checked routinely for the status of undelivered shipments. Tracer action will be initiated, if needed.
- Routine cargo movement tracking and tracing may be accomplished using IGC. IGC provides C2 and ITV information that integrates automated information support to the DOD. IGC is the designated DOD system for ITV. IGC access may be obtained through the IGC Web page athttps://www.igc.ustranscom.mil/igc/. The Timeliness Evaluation Criteria,Table 202-2, are provided to evaluate current systems capabilities and identify improvements after the analysis of impact, cost, and value-added.
- Multiple tracking and tracing systems exist that provide additional information granularity and tracking system status information that could prove useful in analyzing performance metrics of the distribution process. One such system is the Radio Frequency In-Transit Visibility (RF-ITV) System server that may be accessed at https://national.rfitv.army.mil/login/. The server provides system status and tracking information for active Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags and tracking information from OCONUS -commercial satellite-based ITV tracking systems. Active RFID tag procedures and requirements are identified in Chapters 203, Chapter 208, and Appendices K, O, and W. The active RFID tag and satellite-based ITV tracking tag data requirements are identified in Appendix K.
- Shipment tracing formats allows the requesting or receiving activity to use modified supply system data to locate a shipment in the transportation system. While tracing assistance is normally obtained from the clearance authorities, the shipper may occasionally be asked for shipping data. The shipper must respond to such requests by providing all available information.
How OpticalLock meets Defense Cargo Tracking Requirements
To meet the needs of a) OpticalLock provides GPS tracking with real-time, configurable wireless alerts IN ADDITION TO unique, patented tamper-detection technology. The OpticalLock system also meets the needs of b) via a robust, secure database server application which enables management and tracking of all OpticalLocks in a shippers network as well as extensive data management, data export and API connections to Analytics applications.