U.S. Army expands M2M wireless mesh network in Kuwait

Cubic Global Tracking Solutions, the asset tracking and monitoring division of Cubic Corporation, has been awarded a contract of approximately $3.5 million from the U.S. Army to expand the use of Next Generation Wireless Communications (NGWC) services, which employs Cubic’s wireless mesh network for yard management applications at three U.S. bases in Kuwait.

Cubic Global Tracking Solutions, the asset tracking and monitoring division of Cubic Corporation, has been awarded a contract of approximately $3.5 million from the U.S. Army to expand the use of Next Generation Wireless Communications (NGWC) services, which employs Cubic’s wireless mesh network for yard management applications at three U.S. bases in Kuwait.

Currently, the company’s wireless mesh technology is deployed at the Army’s Camp Arifjan Wash Rack in Kuwait for the tracking of military vehicles as they are being prepped and readied for redeployment in Iraq as the U.S. draws down its forces, says Cubic Global Tracking Solutions.

Cubic’s small, battery-powered Mesh Asset Tag devices with GPS receivers are attached to vehicles and automatically connect wirelessly with one another to form a wireless mesh network. The precise location of any military vehicle can be determined by searching for its assigned Mesh Asset Tag serial number in the Cubic Global Tracking Solution Device Management Center (DMC), a central database of all tags in operation, says the company.

In early 2011, the Army Logistics Innovation Agency (LIA) conducted a test of the NGWC solution with Army Material Command (AMC) at Camp Arifjan’s Wash Rack to demonstrate the efficiencies that could be gained from continuous near-real-time asset visibility in a yard management application. The test provided ongoing situational awareness for AMC and showcased the benefits of self-reporting assets giving the status of their location at any given time. The Army refers to this system that provides logistics intelligence as the Army Mobility Asset Tracking System (AMATS), says Cubic Global Tracking Soltions.