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DSTA seeking smart solutions for secured inventory management and maintenance assistant

In Singapore, the Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA), the central procurement agency for the Ministry of Defence  (MINDEF) has launched an innovation call.

In this innovation call, DSTA is in search for two innovative solutions:

(1) Secured inventory management solutions

This Request for Proposal (RFP) seeks technically feasible concepts from technology solution vendors to enable the concept of an unmanned store, with the capability to verify inventory movement in/out of the store and update inventory in near real-time.

Currently, Singapore Army relies on store personnel for daily operations and management of its inventory of equipment. Store personnel are required in all functions of the store, including opening/closing the store, checking inventory status and replenishment, issuing of equipment, tracking return of equipment, sending of equipment for maintenance and updating inventory records.

As Inventory statuses and transactions are updated manually, stock-taking and transaction tracking time consuming and subjected to human errors. With the reduction of manpower foreseen in future, a smart, unmanned store is envisaged to transform the existing inventory processes. 

Through this Request for Proposal (RFP), DSTA seeks technological solutions to digitalise and automate the military store functions, realising a smart, unmanned store where inventory status and transactions can be tracked and updated timely with less dependencies on the store personnel. With an unmanned concept, there remains a need for more robust mechanism to manage secured equipment in the store.

As such, this RFP seeks technically feasible concepts from technology solution vendors to enable the concept of an unmanned store, with the capability to verify inventory movement in/out of the store and update inventory in near real-time.

The solution will have to fulfil the basic requirements of being able to (1) enable user to request indent/loan, check equipment availability and approve requests, (2) grant access control based on transaction approvals and some form of digital ID, (3) identify required equipment for transaction and indicate equipment within store to facilitate self-retrieval by user, (4) track equipment retrieved by the user and tag to his account automatically based on the approved requests and flag out incorrect equipment, upon the exit of user, and (5) safeguard secured equipment for retrieval and departure only by authorised user pre-assigned in the system.

(2) Smart maintenance mobile kiosk solutions

At the moment, there are a lot of manual paper work and processes involved in the Army’s maintenance of its fleet of vehicles.

As such, DSTA is seeking technological solutions to digitalise, automate and aid technicians in their daily job routines, enhancing the efficiency, and allowing less-skilled counterparts to also participate in the maintenance tasks.

This would realise a smart workshop, where operators are able to aid technicians in the simpler tasks, and where administrative works and processes are automated.

The ideal smart workshop will have the capability to guide technicians or operators through maintenance leveraging augmented reality, automate the filling of forms or create an enhanced user interface to improve soldier experience and a mobile platform for providing smart maintenance assistant solutions or equipment transportation.

The basic requirements for the solution are as follows, in order of priority:

(1) Augmented reality solution (maximum of 5 use cases) to display the step-by-step maintenance instructions, with augmented overlays to aid technicians,

(2) Solution to enable user to automatically request for equipment, check equipment availability and raise maintenance order,

(3) Solution to digitize an existing maintenance manual (limited use cases), with the addition of natural language processing.

(4) Solution to design an interface on a server to intuitively display the information in S/N 1.

(5) Hardware solution that aids the technicians in transporting the spares of minimally 150 kg payload and smart maintenance assistant solutions including charging ports etc. around the workshop.

(6) Back-up video guide displaying the maintenance tasks within the augmented reality solution.

Both of the RFPs seek functional prototype to be fulfilled by 1 Nov 2018.

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