SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 22 (Xinhua) -- Tapestry Solutions, Inc., a subsidiary of U.S. aircraft giant Boeing, has won a contract from the U.S. Army to help manage ground transportation logistics for the U.S. military in the Middle East region, Boeing said Monday.
Tapestry will provide In-Transit Visibility (ITV) services for ground transportation logistics in the U.S. Central Command's (CENTCOM) area of operations by deploying the company's Global Distribution Management System (GDMS) to track and manage civilian contractors who move Army equipment and supplies throughout Kuwait, the Trans-Arabian Network and Iraq.
The contract, which includes a base-year and one-year options, expands upon Tapestry's current GDMS/ITV program in Afghanistan. Since 2009, Tapestry's commercial software solution has served as a key element of the U.S. military's Host Nation Trucking and subsequent National Afghan Trucking programs.
Working as a central data fusion system, GDMS enables the U.S. military to have near real-time visibility, tracking metrics and accountability for all registered commercial vehicles.
The GDMS centralized database links cargo movements with vehicles equipped with GPS-based transponders, and the system offers panic alarms/alerts to contractors as they pass hazards and checkpoints, and displays the mission data on topographical maps.
Tapestry will deploy the ITV/GDMS solution for CENTCOM to facilitate its logistics operations in Kuwait, Bahrain, Iraq, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Oman and Jordan.
"The award further illustrates our customers' confidence in our products, services and people," said Michael Spencer, vice president of Global Sales and Marketing at Tapestry.
He said Tapestry's GDMS team has managed thousands of transportation movements every month in Afghanistan by working 24 hours a day to safeguard people, data and cargo.
Boeing said the deployment will begin soon.