Advanced Sensing and Block Chain Technologies to Optimize Supply Chain Readiness

NCMS Project #: 142138

Problem: The Internet of Thing (IoT) devices generate vast amounts of data from sensors attached to people, machine parts or environment sensors making it a significant driver of big data which allows companies and other organizations to collect, aggregate, and analyze vast data sets.  The recent COVID-19 pandemic has elevated the profile of the importance of incorporating new methods to assure Force Health Protection and Supply Chain Risk management so that key health information can be analyzed to ensure the proper PPE, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, and vaccines can be delivered to the correct location in support of civil authorities at home or military operations overseas.  

Benefit: For the public, leveraging the results of these tasks can help commercial industries to better collect and analyze key data to better forecast and execute supply chain transactions that prevent failures and disruptions of critical supplies across various pharmaceutical, food, transportation, communication, and power and energy sectors during dynamic health environment events.

Solution/Approach: The intent of this initiative is to leverage advanced commercial technologies and processes to improve collection of population health signal data and to use that data to predict future disruptions in the supply chain.  The effort will determine how to improve the ability to collect and analyze sensing data and warnings, secure information regarding supplies, and alert the supply chain to new demandsThe capability itself must be able to adapt in the future for general sensing of health events such as pandemics and CBRNE events.  Block chain technologies will be able to reliably maintain an accurate picture of critical medical devices, equipment, and parts in inventory at locations worldwide.

Impact on Warfighter:

  • Better insight and informed decision-making 
  • Minimize supply chain disruptions 
  • Ensure availability of critical items, spare parts, medical supplies and products 
  • Enhance supply chain efficiency, effectiveness and resilience 
  • Increase safety 

DOD Participation:

  • Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition Enablers (AE) 
  • Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Materiel Readiness

Industry Participation:

  • Presage Biosciences, Inc.
  • Simba Chain, Inc. 
  • NCMS

Benefit Area(s):

  • Cost savings
  • Repair turn-around time
  • Maintenance avoidance and reliability
  • Maintenance management improvement

Focus Area:

  • Business IT and analytics

Final Report