Troops in Kuwait track cargo, personnel all the way

Troops in Kuwait track cargo, personnel all the way

On Monday, Army and Navy units in Kuwait began using 64 notebook PCs and handheld interrogator-scanners to track cargo as well as warfighters from the time they leave home stations until they reach their destinations or return home.

The Army's Transportation Information Systems office is the program lead of the Transportation Coordinators'-Automated Information for Movements System II, or TC-AIMS II, a joint Defense Department program that tracks passengers and equipment during war and peace.

More TC-AIMS II systems are in use in Germany, Fort Lewis, Wash., and Hawaii to train other units, said Gary Winkler, the project manager. 'It provides total asset visibility,' Winkler said.

The first phase now deployed in Kuwait has a client-server architecture with interfaces to 23 other DOD systems. The second phase is under development for fielding this summer. It will be Web-based with a single sign-on through the Army Knowledge Online portal.

Soldiers can use the handheld interrogators to read military bar codes and radio-frequency tag information into databases on the notebook computers, Winkler said. They can maintain equipment and personnel lists, build unit deployment lists, and draw up convoy plans. Each setup comprises a notebook with an Intel Corp. processor running Microsoft Windows 2000, a scanner and a portable bar code printer.

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