PL AMIS teams with industry partners to Equip First Responders for Success

Multiple organizations join forces to overcome coronavirus supply chain disruptions to get essential equipment to Army National Guard.

Captain Adam Hever of Army National Guard Bureau (NGB) Headquarters inspects a Savi Portable Deployment Kit III at First Source Electronics' Maryland location

Alexandria, VA, April 24, 2020 - In partnership with industry partners, Savi and First Source Electronics (FSE), Product Lead Automated Movement and Identification Solutions (PL AMIS) delivered the first of two multi-million dollar orders of Portable Deployment Kits (PDK) III to the U.S. Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve. Coming amidst a major public health crisis and consequent, widespread supply chain disruptions, completing this order required considerable flexibility, ingenuity and coordination between PL AMIS, industry partners, suppliers, and the Department of Defense.

A complete active radio frequency identification (aRFID) solution, the PDK III provides real-time, end-to-end visibility of goods and critical assets moving through the supply chain at any location and in any environment.

The orders from the Army National Guard (221 PDK III units for $3.2M) and the Army Reserve (354 units for $5.1M) are the first large-scale purchases of the newly released PDK III. Replacing obsolete equipment with state-of-the-art technology, the PDK III enables warfighters and first responders to have a lighter and leaner logistics footprint in even the most austere, hostile environments.

Using funding available for equipment modernization, the PDK III enables Guard and Reserve units to maintain in-transit visibility capabilities during deployments. With the help of PL AMIS, the Army National Guard has deployed PDK IIIs to 51 locations to support the coronavirus response. As first responders to the crisis in the U.S., such capabilities are critical. The order for the Army Reserve is expected to be delivered between June and July. Both orders are part of the aRFID IV contract managed by PL AMIS to provide U.S. government agencies and allied partners with state-of-the-art hardware, software and integration services for worldwide asset tracking and in-transit visibility.

As international coronavirus responses caused unprecedented supply chain disruptions, PL AMIS and industry partners jointly cooperated to identify creative solutions to overcome transportation limitations, plant closures, and other obstacles to ensure on-time delivery to the Army National Guard.

PL AMIS worked closely with industry partners and various suppliers to overcome those obstacles and complete the order. Industry partners and their suppliers negotiated exemptions to manufacturing plant shutdown to produce and ship critical components in time to support the DoD's mission readiness. Likewise, the Army National Guard Bureau (NGB) customer agreed to a change in normal inspection procedure to expedite the acceptance process, traveling to the Maryland location of First Source Electronics (FSE), a division of Commercial Vehicle Group, Inc., to inspect and accept the kits.

Savi Portable Deployment Kits III, part of an order of 221 kits for the Army National Guard, at First Source Electronics' Maryland location

"This successful delivery represents the best of private/public partnerships. Savi, together with its suppliers and partners, worked with PL AMIS to realize its vision for delivery of cutting-edge, essential technology in a timely manner, despite serious obstacles," said Rosemary Johnston, Savi's Senior Vice President of Operations. "For over 30 years, Savi has been proud to support the U.S. Department of Defense's complex and critical logistics needs and we are humbled to have had a small role in helping pandemic response."

"FSE is proud to support first responders in combating this unprecedented public health crisis. We appreciate Governor Hogan's partnership in granting us an exemption to continue manufacturing these vitally needed kits and the Army National Guard Bureau for their flexibility in conducting an onsite inspection at FSE's facility, which saved valuable time in our country's crisis management," said Kevin Popielarczyk, of First Source Electronics, a division of Commercial Vehicle Group, Inc.

For more information, contact Product Lead Automated Movement and Identification Solutions (PL AMIS) active radio frequency identification (aRFID) Contracting Officer Representative (COR), Becky Heise, at rebecca.u.heise.civ@mail.mil or (703) 806-0332