Capgemini / Neopost ID/ BearingPoint Consortium Selected by the French
Ministry of Defence to Implement the SILRIA IT System
LA DÉFENSE, France -- March 26, 2013
Capgemini, one of the world’s foremost providers of consulting, technology and
outsourcing services, in a consortium with Neopost ID (Paris:NEO) and
BearingPoint, has signed a major contract with the French Ministry of Defence
to design, implement and look after the maintenance of the logistics IT system
for monitoring joint forces resources, or SILRIA (“Système d’Information
Logistique de suivi de la Ressource Inter-Armées”). This IT solution allows
for management of the transportation and traceability of defence equipment
using RFID technology^1.
The SILRIA solution will ensure the optimisation and traceability of each
stage of the French armed forces’ transportation flows all over the world,
particularly in foreign theatres of operation. It will be fully compatible
with NATO’s logistics IT systems and will offer the same service when French
forces transport allied equipment or French equipment is transported by allied
resources. It will also be compatible with the Ministry of Defence’s
requirements in terms of IT systems architecture (STC-IA).
The DDS Shipper (DDS Logistics) software at the heart of the SILRIA system
will be responsible for the design and monitoring of transportation flows. All
of the identification and traceability solutions will be provided by Neopost
ID, from the RFID reader gates for ground lorries with portable readers to bar
code printers and RFID tag encoders. In order to be able to handle all kinds
of joint forces equipment, SILRIA will be open and connected to all of the
support systems of the French armed forces and their allies, as well as
customs management systems, all in accordance with the restrictions imposed by
military security. SILRIA also offers reporting and business intelligence
Near real-time management of transportation will give the armed forces a
better view of their shipments of various equipment, from full equipment to
healthcare equipment, as well as ammunition and spare parts. It will also
allow commands to better manage their priorities. Lastly, the system installed
will allow for transportation methods used to be optimised.
The specific requirements of transporting military equipment, the most
significant of which is the need to trace logistics events as far as distant
and hostile theatres of operation, have not prevented the armed forces from
opting for proven solutions from the civilian world, allowing them to cut
project costs while also benefiting from the associated effects of scale.
The Capgemini / Neopost ID / BearingPoint consortium was selected at the end
of a call for tenders during which it was able to demonstrate its
complementary areas of business and technical expertise, its full
understanding of the military market and the constraints facing the armed
forces, and its ability to propose innovative but proven and economical
solutions based on civilian “building bricks”.
“SILRIA is a major project for management of the Ministry of Defence’s
operational transportation chain. It addresses two key challenges: firstly,
updating the system for monitoring resources and ensuring that it is rolled
out within all armed forces and ministry departments, and secondly,
introducing the use of RFID to this process. By combining civilian
technologies, the solution offered by Capgemini should allow for the creation
of an effective system that is natively interoperable with the national and
international environment for transportation logistics,” comments
Marie-Isabelle Urios, Manager at the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA)
for logistics IT systems.
^1 Radio-frequency identification or RFID is a method for memorising and
collecting remote data using markers called radio-frequency tags.
With over 125,000 employees and operations in 44 countries, Capgemini is one
of the world’s foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing
services. The Group generated revenues of €10.3 billion in 2012. With its
clients, Capgemini creates and delivers business and technology solutions that
fit their needs and drive the results they want. A deeply multicultural
organisation, Capgemini has developed its own way of working, the
Collaborative Business Experience^TM, and draws on Rightshore^®, its worldwide
For more information go to: www.capgemini.com
Rightshore^® is a trademark of the Capgemini Group
BearingPoint is a European business consulting firm (www.bearingpoint.com)
with a market-leading position in management consulting and technology.
About Neopost ID
Neopost ID, a subsidiary of Neopost, develops and runs Track & Trace for
companies that make up the supply chain such as carriers, postal companies and
logistics specialists, as well as companies that use logistics processes, such
as manufacturers and distributors. The company provides them with all
components of a Track & Trace project, including hardware, software and
interfaces, on-site deployment and maintenance and support services. It
develops tailor-made traceability solutions and looks after their operation.
Its solutions are able to cover all key processes such as data collection (via
web technologies, bar codes, RFID etc.), data analysis and storage by
implementing specialised hosted applications, and finally the retrieval of
this value-added information.
For more information go to: www.neopost-id.com
Contact Presse Capgemini
Hélène Delannet, Capgemini France
+33(0)1 49 67 31 25
Contact Presse Neopost ID
Sophie Lasbleis, Agence Scenarii
+33(0)1 55 60 20 44
Contact Presse Neopost Groupe
Fabrice Baron, DDB Financial
+33(0)1 53 32 61 27
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