Security Tech: How Bullet ID Revolutionized Ammunition Accountability
Bullet ID Corp’s Ammunition Serialization and Tracking System (ASTS) has provided a much needed update to the accountability and trackability of ammunition that is sorely needed by the US Army, Police agencies everywhere, and as a Public Safety measure.
The US Army especially, who annually destroys hundreds of millions of dollars worth of munitions for no better reason than they don’t know where its been is poised to become one of the prime beneficiaries of Bullet ID’s ASTS.
Chief Warrant Officer 3 Michael Lima writing on the US Army website published an article that clearly advocates for a holistic approach to ammunition management.
“The four services (Army, Air Force, Navy and Marines) all use ammunition and have many of the similar training requirements using the same items,” he writes.
“Other weapon systems are different and vary when it comes to combat ammunition. The difference between the services is very noticeable and is not prone to interoperability, especially in situations that require one service to support another for any length of time.”
It is interoperability that the Bullet ID ASTS promotes thanks to its ability to turn every round into its own data file that can be tracked and scanned like a FedEx package. Standardizing ammunition handling and management is a persistent pursuit within the Armed Forces, and there has been much controversy over how ammunition is managed.
Some police agencies are not better off.
Unlike the Armed Forces, US police agencies operate independently of each other and across the various government levels. Sherrifs, City Police, County Police, State Troopers, the FBI, US Marshals, DEA and ATS all have their own approach to ammunition procurement and management.
Imagine if all of these agencies could track each other’s ammunition types and inventories, and collaborate on group purchasing power to reduce costs in all agencies. Who wouldn’t embrace that?
Bullet ID’s ASTS is rolling out throughout 2020, and if all goes according to plan, selected police agencies in South Florida will begin field testing the serialized ammunition and generating performance data.
Bullet ID’s own tests have demonstrated conclusively that there is zero performance degradation when rounds are fired, and so with the cost of etching at a fraction of a cent per round, there will soon be no reason not roll out the system across federal, state, county and municipal levels.
The fact that the world has progressed to this point without a technology to mark and track ammunition is a puzzling reality that has contributed to many social harms, as well as cost military and police ammunition systems billions of dollars in destroyed ammunition.
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