Enigma to aid US National Guard vehicle maintenance

The U.S. Army National Guard has selected the Enigma 3C Platform to improve maintenance of its combat vehicles.

The integrated logistics and support application, a Class V Interactive Electronic Technical Manual (IETM), will be used for 17 types of fighting vehicles and delivered via a secured wireless network from 3e Technologies International in Rockland, Md.

The rollout of the new system is scheduled for the first half of this year and will be implemented in five National Guard maintenance depots, said John Snow, vice president of marketing and business development at Burlington, Mass.-based Enigma.

The IETMs will provide National Guard mechanics and technicians with real-time access to the specific technical manuals and parts catalogs needed to service more than 2,700 fighting vehicles, including the Abrams tank and the Bradley Fighting Vehicle, Snow said.

The system will connect at the maintenance sites via the National Guard TLDD wireless network built by 3eTI. The network consists of FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standards Publication) 140-2 Validated wireless access points, Itronix's GoBook Tablet PCs and Panasonic Computer Solutions's Toughbooks with network interface cards, as well as encryption software that has been certified for Department of Defense use, Snow said.

The Enigma application links directly into the Army's Unit Level Logistics System and, using the 3eTI wireless network, technicians can order parts, report faults and schedule higher-level maintenance from any location, he said.

Soldiers at the National Guard maintenance facilities can enter a vehicle's serial number or asset number into the system, and Enigma 3C will immediately identify all relevant technical data and deliver the exact service and parts information required to upgrade or repair a specific weapon system, according to Snow.

This Enigma-powered process will facilitate overseas deployment of equipment, making it easier to prepare vehicles for shipment and to repair and overhaul returning equipment, he said.

"The National Guard has been kind of short-staffed, so they've been looking around for a solution that would make the maintenance much more efficient," Snow said. "The National Guard (is) having issues because equipment is getting deployed and it has to be prepared for deployment, and when it comes back from deployment it has to be serviced."

In addition, Snow said, the Guard still has to provide ongoing maintenance for its vehicles.

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