DOD aims for better connection with RFID contract
- By Kathleen Hickey
- Jan 07, 2009
The Defense Department has taken steps with a new contract to broaden the interoperability of radio-frequency identification (RFID) products between the Pentagon and its coalition partners.
The contract, awarded to four companies, calls for the acquisition of ISO 18000.7:2008-compliant radio-frequency identification (RFID) products under the direction of U.S. Army Product Manager for Joint–Automatic Identification Technology (PM J-AIT), a part of the Program Executive Office, Enterprise Information Systems at Fort Belvoir, Va.
“This is a significant milestone for DoD in that this migration will not only give DoD and other Federal agencies’ customers best-value solutions at competitive prices, but it moves us to ISO 18000.7:2008 compliant products, thus broadening interoperability with DoD and our coalition partners,” said Lt. Col. Pat Burden, PM J-AIT.
The awards are Firm Fixed Price for commercial active RFID hardware, software, and services with a ceiling value of $429.4 million. The term is 10 years consisting of a three-year base period; two one-year options for products, services and maintenance; and five one-year options for maintenance only. In addition, PM J-AIT will offer site surveys, installation, integration, implementation and training for turn-key active RFID solutions to DoD, the U.S. Coast Guard, NATO, federal agencies, coalition partners, and other foreign military sales.
PMJ-AIT awarded Savi (a Lockheed Martin Company); Northrop Grumman Information Technology; Unisys; and Systems & Processes Engineering Corporation Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity contracts.
“The RFID-III contract enables DoD to migrate from a sole-source contract to a multi-vendor IDIQ contract,” said Lt. Col. Burden, PM J-AIT.
Kathleen Hickey is a freelance writer for GCN.