Joint system aims to offer real-time supply chain data

20 June 2001
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21 June 2001 | Robin Parker

BAE Systems and software group Viewlocity have started a joint venture that aims to provide visible, cost-effective information tracking across several vertical sectors.

The groups' systems provide a complementary service by bringing together real-time continuous asset monitoring and all pertinent corporate management information, according to Martin Kruse, aerospace and defence manager at Viewlocity.

"Good supply chain event management systems provide a 'weigh-point' view of goods going through the supply process, but our combined service will give real-time monitoring and amending between these standard points," Kruse said.

He added that the scheme couples BAE's corporate strength with Viewlocity's customer base.

In providing a complete view of activities along the supply chain, the value for users is two-fold, added Simon Hunt, BAE Systems' data solutions group business manager.

"It provides an insight into supply chains, identifying bottlenecks and other problems to drive out waste before it creates problems. It also makes the data available in a cost-effective manner by extending it in real time outside the internal business to the entire supply chain."

The service will be primarily targeted at customers in the group's core markets of aerospace and defence, supply chain, distribution and logistics. Initial solutions include repair loop management, consignment tracking, contract adherence and supply chain management.


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