The Argentine Naval Prefecture (Spanish : Prefectura Naval Argentina or PNA) is one of the country’s main armed forces, whose mission is to protect and maintain public order in all of Argentina’s ports and inland waterways and seas. It has more than 30,000 personnel and is responsible for a vast arsenal including short, long guns, artillery, ships, planes and helicopters.
The large amount of transfers of weapons and gear between units and personnel involves great responsibility and an enormous logistical challenge. The innumerable daily transactions between the units and the personnel made their control a challenge impossible to overcome according to the existing manual methods.
The handout and receiving, assigning, changing of guards, the number of agents, audits, inspections and their maintenance in more than 100 gun stores and main and intermediate depots involved a large number of staff hours of work, which could lead to errors.
Thanks to ASPIS Weapons Management System, the PNA was able to solve all their problems at the root and carry out absolute control of all movements of weapons, gear and accessories.
The ASPIS system has been specially designed to control and manage weaponry and accessories through the integration of software screens, RFID (Radio Frequency Identification), barcode, biometric readers and alarms. The software is available for out-of-the-box standard installations, and it can be configured as well according to the workflow and operational process of each client.
RFID control is carried out through the use of specialized weapons “tags” which are then read automatically at the various active and passive control points. Portable readers are used for quick audits and searches.
“A typical armoury inventory would take us as much as 7 hours, whereas the accuracy of any audit is at risk, when missions and tasks interfere with the audit process, carried out even manually and therefore prone to human errors. ASPIS allowed us to bring this down to 7 Minutes”