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Unique Identification (UID) Labelling

ECLIPS Logistics recommends Unique Identification (UID) barcoding and RuBee magnetic Automated Identification Technology (AIT).

Labelling controlled stores with UID barcode labels will ensure compliance with best practice labelling requirements ensuring greater accountability of sensitive items.

Fitting RuBee magnetic AIT tags to select weapons and equipment enables automatic asset visibility. The counting of weapons and equipment can be done by the click of a button, even when items are secured in armouries or other designated locations across the globe.

Process automation represented by the RuBee Armory 20/20 system ensures accountability of assets while reducing the manual labour effort required to count inventory and manage equipment.

ECLIPS Logistics is also developing a mobility solution for controlled stores, which includes the integration of RuBee products in ECLIPS’s Joint Modular Integrated Logistics Solution (JMILS). This will help provide total asset visibility throughout the supply chain, including shipping.

ECLIPS Logistics provides a range of services related to barcoding, including development of marking specifications, data reconciliation and label installation.

Automated Identification Technology (AIT)

RuBee is an active, wireless, Near Field Communication Automated Identification Technology (AIT) that uses magnetic waves for communication. Developed by US company Visible Assets Inc., RuBee was purpose built for AIT applications and does not use Radio Frequency (RF) fields. RuBee provides peer to peer volumetric communication; it is not a line of sight, which means it is intrinsically safe with ZERO separation distance, capable of being fitted to nuclear warheads, able to operate in confined spaces, such as on ships, inside shipping containers and underwater, etc. This provides significant advantages over Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and similar communications protocols for AIT applications. 

The RuBee protocol is an international wireless standard, IEEE1902.1 and the tags have passed stringent safety and security tests conducted by the US Department of Defence. RuBee tags have a range from 1 to 15 metres and have a very low power demand. The batteries in the small tags can last up to 25 years. RuBee tags can also be fitted with a programmable microprocessor, which represents a significant opportunity to fit other prognostic sensors. In addition to asset identification, the RuBee SuperSensor tags currently enable monitoring of environmental conditions including shock, vibration, temperature, humidity and pressure. A shot counter tag, purpose-built for weapons, can be fitted, which is useful in planning maintenance activities. RuBee uses magnetic fields, has no significant RF energy and has the following advantages:

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  • RuBee is not blocked by steel, JMIC or other transit cases
  • RuBee is not blocked by liquids, snow or dirt
  • RuBee has no Hazard of Electromagnetic Radiation to Fuel or Ordnance (HERF/HERO) risks; it is safe on and near explosives
  • RuBee is the only wireless technology (tags readers, and handhelds) that has a zero safe separation distance (SSD) on HERO unsafe assets. In Navy tests and independent tests carried out by the US Department of Energy (DoE) and Sandia Labs, all conclude that RuBee wireless tags are safe on and near any fused ordnance
  • RuBee is the only wireless technology approved by the US DoE for use on nuclear warheads
  • RuBee wireless sensor tags have up to a 25 year battery life, meet MIL STD 810F, ATEX Zone 1, IEC 60079 Class IIC, and IP67
  • RuBee tags have no Compromising Emanations so have no TEMPEST target or eavesdropping risk

ECLIPS Logistics provides a range of services related to AIT, including the development of solutions and integration to existing services and infrastructure.

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Telematic Monitoring Systems (TMS), Health and Usage Monitoring (HUMS) and Condition Based Maintenance (CBM)

Telematic Monitoring Systems (TMS) involve capturing condition and usage data from sensors and other diagnostics systems and sending that real time or near real time data to a designated point using integrated communications systems. The data can be used to support Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) programs, including on site and remote diagnostics.

  • The primary benefit of implementing TMS and CBM practices on Australian Defence Force (ADF) equipment is the prevention of catastrophic failures.
  • Equipment can be of high quality however, reliability principles indicate that failures can occur at any time, no matter the cost of the equipment. Monitoring the changing condition of weapons and subsystems means that many of those failures can be predicted and therefore prevented, saving significant costs on equipment downtime and repair. In its simplest form, TMS can be used to provide usage statistics to help fleet managers gather data on usage that will support fleet rotation and maintenance planning.