One millionth automated manifest card shipped; durability withstands war zones and harsh environments
LaserCard, a provider of secure ID solutions, announced that is has shipped its one millionth automated manifest system (AMS) card, used for securely identifying contents of US Department of Defense (DOD) shipping containers. The US Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) recently renewed the AMS contract for three years through prime contractor General Dynamics Information Technology, a business unit of General Dynamics.
“Our cards are deployed throughout the US Army's distribution and receiving infrastructure worldwide, and continue to meet the most demanding cargo identification, reporting and durability needs,” said Robert DeVincenzi, President and CEO of LaserCard. “We are pleased to continue our engagement in this important program.”
The DLA has utilized LaserCard's AMS cards and readers since the early 1990s, when the DOD introduced a new system to increase in-transit visibility, expedite receipt processing, prioritize container processing, facilitate discrepancy reporting, and provide a portable permanent record of transactions.
The system succeeded in resolving all in-transit identification problems while improving the processing, reporting and cost-effectiveness of the Army's global cargo identification procedures. The AMS system has won numerous awards, including the Vice Presidential “Golden Hammer Award” for cutting logistics costs by more than 67 percent.
On the 10th anniversary of the program, the optical media card was credited with “a failure rate of virtually zero” and was described by one veteran program manager as the most durable and reliable media seen in more than 30 years of DOD logistics experience.