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1 Leading thinking for lasting results Getting to an RFID-enabled Solution Ensuring ROI and Mission Assurance Through a Systematic, 8-Step Process NDIA Conference: Logistics Technology: Unlocking Value Through UID and RFID Sparks, NV March 3-4, 2004 For further information, please contact: Dr. Anand K. Iyer, Director Pittiglio Rabin Todd & McGrath 1000 Thomas Jefferson Street Suite 600 Washington, DC Tel: (202) GSA Schedule GS 00F – 0033N Mobis & Logworld

2 © Copyright 2004 PRTM March 3, What software applications will be required to facilitate critical command and control decisions? Are there other alternative or complementary technologies that would be more cost-effective? Which standards should be used? What communication protocols may be required (e.g., one-way vs. two-way or read-only vs. read-write)? Are there new services that the technology can enable the military to provide? What transmission frequencies should be used? What do the users want that they don’t have today? What needs to happen with processes, systems, databases and organization? Is the data really required, or are we capturing it because we can? Where should passive vs. active technologies be used? Value? Mission Assurance? What constraints does the user environment present? The challenge: Translating “chaos” into … Several questions must be addressed to capitalize on RFID-enabled opportunity

3 © Copyright 2004 PRTM March 3, … An organized and deployable solution that drives stakeholder benefit New capabilities, tactics, and technologies integrated into the logistics environment create a broad spectrum of solutions Increasing Value-Add Increasing Military Effectiveness and Options Military management … expanding military options to maximize effectiveness For Example: Real-time military option analysis and effectiveness evaluation Military-centric … supporting changing mission needs … Full supply chain visibility For Example: Managing and planning all elements of the military supply chain Mission-centric … getting mission critical equipment in theatre …. Asset monitoring and management For Example: Coordinating supplies and parts for prognostic, diagnostic, and repair excellence Soldier or asset-centric Supporting the warfighter in combat … Combat management For Example: Intelligently routing RFID tagged supplies based on dynamic demand information from theatre

4 © Copyright 2004 PRTM March 3, Getting to an “Operational Blueprint” for the solution: Decomposing the problem into manageable “layers” Start with users, their applications, and needs  Users need not be “people”  RFID enables P2D and D2D communications Understand environmental constraints  Noise, vibration, RF, temperature, etc.  In-theatre, in-garrison, in-transit, command and control Understand the technologies that are required  RFID is a means, not an end  Other complementary wired/wireless technologies will be required Get to an operational blueprint that sticks  Understanding core operations, legacy systems and organization integration is key Understand the economics and the operating model  Partnering for technology, business process configuration and implementation PRTM’s AIM: m-Powering Productivity Through Mobility™ Voice of the customer Segment characterization Application characterization Value proposition development Security, legal, regulatory Unique environmental factors HMI characterization Device roadmaps WAN-LAN-PAN architecture Network attribute characterization Customer-facing Businessfacing Technology development Systems development Value chain and financial model Gomarket model L1–Users L2–Applications L3–Use Environments L4–Devices L5–Communications Gateways L6–Service Delivery Enablers L7–Software, OS and Hardware L8–Business Model Stakeholder identification Needs and constraints analysis Application characterization Value proposition development Security, legal, regulatory Unique environmental factors HMI characterization Device roadmaps WAN-LAN-PAN architecture Network attribute characterization Customer-facing Operations-facing Process, systems, databases Organization, change mgmt Value chain and financial model Implementation method and plan L1—Users L2—Applications L3—Use Environments L4—Devices L5—Communications Gateway L6—Service Delivery Enablers L7—Core Operations Integration L8—Operating Model

5 © Copyright 2004 PRTM March 3, Some lessons learned Layer 1: Users  Functions and process mappings help to identify human and machine “users” –Sources and destinations of information –Processing nodes Layer 2: Applications  Brainstorming across the processes and functions: Who needs what?  Clustering “dissimilar” and “one-off” applications into manageable groups based on technology attributes –1-way vs. 2-way communication –Voice vs. data –High bandwidth vs. low bandwidth –Position-dependent vs. independent –Always on vs. batch –Fixed radius vs. “anywhere” Layer 3: Use Environments  Staying on top of standards, regulatory, privacy, security, etc.  Understanding mechanical environment (shock, thermal, vibration, thermal, humidity, pressure)  Understanding electro-magnetic environment (RF, interference, power) Layer 4: Devices  Road mapping terminals (displays, HMI, power consumption, memory, etc.)  Understanding RFID eco-system needs (tags, readers, transmission, application software)  Road mapping devices to environments to applications: Critical for ensuring ROI and minimizing wasted development/investment

6 © Copyright 2004 PRTM March 3, Some lessons learned Layer 5: Communication gateways  Understanding the tradeoffs of coverage, capacity, bandwidth against what’s needed for ubiquitous, secure, reliable application use  All domains: WAN (e.g., cellular, satellite), LAN (e.g, 802.1x), MAN (e.g., RFID, Bluetooth) Layer 6: Service delivery enablers  Understanding hidden costs (e.g., equipment logistics, provisioning, maintenance, monitoring, upgrade, training, etc.)  Understanding the value chain and picking BIC partners to maximize agility, quality and cost of solution Layer 7: Core operations integration  RFID cannot be “scotch-taped” onto an organization – many have tried this and have failed  Understanding processes, systems, databases and organizational behavior that’ll be affected by RFID inclusion  Technology latency vs. human latency Layer 8: Operating model  Understanding the economics and ROI  Architecting the solution with the right partners  Look for self-funding partnerships


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