A2B Tracking Responds to Washington Post Report

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The Washington Post report (August 5, 2007, Weapons given to Iraq are missing) highlights a problem that is currently being addressed by the DoD's IUID Program Office and by a group of technology providers, including A2B Tracking Solutions Inc.

The Washington Post report (August 5, 2007, Weapons given to Iraq are missing) highlights a problem that is currently being addressed by the DoD's IUID Program Office and by a group of technology providers, including A2B Tracking Solutions Inc.

The Department of Defense has mandated policy (2004) requiring all assets and personal property owned by the DoD, including assets in the possession of contractors, and assets (including military-issued weapons) in use in the field, to be marked with a unique serialized identification number in accordance with MIL STD 130. This military standard incorporates a 2 dimensional bar code that enables highly accurate data capture using scanners and computers for inventory control and tracking that is similar to technology that has been used in retail and grocery industries for decades.

A2B President Peter Collins says, "In many instances deadlines have not been met, thereby delaying the intent of the mandate, 'cradle to grave' tracking of all assets and weaponry. A greater awareness of the IUID mandate and pressure from Congress and top military officials is required to hasten compliance from factory to battlefield, thus preventing future pilfering of U.S. property, as noted in the Washington Post article."

Deadlines for UID compliance are as follows:
January 1, 2004 - All new DoD contracts for newly manufactured items that call out MIL STD 130 should require bar code serialized item identification.
September 30, 2007 - All government furnished property in possession of contractors that meet a value threshold should be identified with a serialized bar code.
September 2007 - 2010 - All legacy property within the military's possession requires identification and marking with a bar code serialized item identification.

About A2B Tracking Solutions Inc.
A2B Tracking Solutions Inc. is the leading provider of total solutions for bar code tracking. Most recently A2B has developed UID Comply!® a total solution software suite that streamlines the UID compliance process. Since it was founded in 1994, A2B has lead the bar code industry movement into mobile computing, developing a state-of-the-art mobile tracking system for one of America's largest parcel delivery companies. Principals of A2B include founders of the bar code industry who have lead innovations in applications for 40 years. To date, A2B has completed more than 2,000 tracking installations around the world. For more information about A2B Tracking, visit http://www.uidsolutions.com or phone 800-733-7592.

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