Army issues RFID solicitation

The Army Contracting Agency has issued a request for proposals for passive radio frequency identification devices that would support the Defense Department, other federal agencies and global military operations.

The RFP, dated May 1, indicates that the Army expects to award as many as five indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contracts with a base period of three years and a three-year option period. The Army said it plans to award three of the contracts to small businesses. Responses are due July 30.

Through the solicitation, the government is seeking commercially available passive RFID communications hardware, software and documentation. It also requires training, warranty and maintenance services for the devices.

In addition, the government will require contractors to provide technical engineering services, such as turnkey technologies that integrate existing automatic identification technology and active RFID with passive technology. The government will use the devices for logistics tracking, locating and monitoring of assets.

Besides DOD and federal agencies, the contract is open to the Coast Guard, NATO, Coalition Armed Forces and foreign military sales worldwide.

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William Welsh is a freelance writer covering IT and defense technology.

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