Cubic to furnish asset tracking to Afghanistan bases
- By Defense Systems Staff
- Jan 03, 2013
Cubic Global Tracking Solutions has been awarded three Army and General Services Administration Schedule orders totaling approximately $4.8 million to expand its wireless mesh asset tracking technology at two U.S. bases in Afghanistan, company officials said Jan. 3.
Cubic will deploy thousands of mesh asset tags (MATs) and its Web-based Device Management Center (DMC) asset visibility system to bases near Kandahar and Bagram, the officials said. The MATs technology will be used to track and process equipment being redeployed or returned home in the drawdown of troops from Afghanistan.
Cubic is delivering the mesh network technology to the U.S. Army Logistics Innovation Agency and Army Sustainment Command as a subcontractor to ARINC on the Next Generation Wireless Communications (NGWC) contract, and the Army Mobility Asset Tracking System (AMATS) program, the officials said.
The asset tracking technology consists of small, battery operated mesh tags with built-in Global Positioning System receivers that are attached to vehicles and linked wirelessly with one another to form a secure data communications network, the officials said. As such, the asset tracking technology enables logistics personnel to determine the precise location of any military vehicle by searching the DMC database.