The Social Security Administration is vastly expanding its IT asset tracking program after a successful deployment last year at its National Computing Center (NCC) in Woodlawn, Md.
SSA has awarded a $3.3 million contract to RFID Global Solution and CodeSource to expand the program to three additional data centers and up to 1,500 field office locations throughout the U.S. and abroad. Diana Hage, CEO at RFID Global Solution, says that SSA will tag more than one million IT assets under the contract. Hage also says that the pending government shutdown should not delay the deployment schedule.
The Social Security Administration claims that the passive RFID system helps them to reduce inventory cycle times by a factor of 10, while improving overall inventory accuracy by 20 percent.
The multi-year deal requires RFID Global Solution and CodeSource to extend the scope of the existing RFID solution to include tracking a wide variety of capital assets throughout the SSA. In addition, the two companies will work together to develop automated software interfaces with existing asset, maintenance and work-order management systems.
The contract permits the SSA to conduct a thorough business case analysis of its existing processes for asset management, and implement recommendations intended to increase return on investment for the U.S. government. The contract also expands the existing passive RFID solution to include audit carts and active RFID sensor products, both of which significantly reduce physical audit cycle time within data centers.
“This BPA award allows the SSA tremendous freedom to implement the right technology, at the right time, and in the correct measure to ensure they continue expanding their already significant return on investment from the Visi-Trac system,” says Thomas Manzagol, chief operating officer, RFID Global Solution. “RFID Global Solution is extremely proud to be part of this world-class project team, and we look forward to working with the SSA to increase efficiencies and reduce operating costs.”
The NCC stores 460 million records of earnings and benefits for 57 million Social Security beneficiaries.
As reported by RFID 24-7 last year, the SSA skipped the pilot stage and moved directly to implementation. Hage says that is a growing trend among RFID GS’s federal and commercial clients, and is sign that RFID is now recognized as a turnkey solution.