“Smart Parachute” helping officials keep better track of cargo and personnel parachutes.

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To help officials keep better track of cargo and personnel parachutes, the Army has requested information on possible “smart parachute” program. It uses data received real-time from radio frequency identification, or RFID, tags sown into parachutes. It works with mobile devices, including phones, tablets and watches, and existing government systems to function.

Tracking Army’s Parachutes with  “smart parachute”

The RFID tags are used to track the Army’s parachutes. This would help officials track the parachute inventory, as well as work flows related to. Officials also want the system to track personnel training and certifications, pack histories and jump status.

According to the Federal Business Opportunities website, FBO.gov., the “Request for Information,” is part of a research effort to determine the scope of industry capabilities and interest and does not guarantee that Army leaders would pursue the project. The research effort is led by the Army Airborne Board, which is based at Fort Bragg and led by the 18th Airborne Corps. The group is asking businesses to respond if they have off-the-shelf software to meet or exceed the Airborne Board’s requirements.

 

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