The Application of Radio Frequency Identification Technology to Overcome Three Common Aerial Port Challenges: A Concept
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT
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Operation DESERT STORM saw the logistical movement of the equivalent of the entire city of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, from the United States to Saudi Arabia. While impressive in scope, there were many inefficiencies and limitations highlighted during this operation. One of the foremost limitations was in the area of cargo management and identification. The United States Army, perhaps the Air Forces biggest customer, grew frustrated. It developed coping mechanisms to overcome these logistical challenges. Unfortunately, these coping mechanisms only added to the problem. Air Force aerial ports face three common challenges during these days of high operations tempo cargo yard and warehouse management, paperwork, and cargo processing. To attempt to do these effectively and efficiently is, in the least, manpower intensive and very difficult with existing systems. Radio frequency identification and bar code technology have many characteristics that could help streamline operations in an aerial port. Each have strengths and weaknesses, but it is Radio Frequency Identification Technology that offers the most to aerial port operations and, specifically, the three specific challenges discussed in this paper. This case study examines specific Radio Frequency Identification technology success stories in the civilian world and attempts to apply these basic concepts to propose possible solutions to the common aerial port challenges.
- Terminal Flight Facilities
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
- Radiofrequency Wave Propagation