The Indian Army has set in place an automation software to manage its logistics. Called the Integrated Quarter Master Package (IQMP) software package, it has been developed by the Army Software Development Centre along with Tata Consultancy Services. IQMP is meant to replace numerous applications and integrate the entire logistics management process on one platform.
According to a statement by the Army, this “comprises 13 modules to automate all the logistics functions at unit level. The application can be dynamically configured to meet the specific requirements of various types of Army units and is capable of sharing information and data with other software applications in the domain of logistics management.”
Logistics management for the Army is focused mostly on inventory tracking, procurement and resource management. At any time, the Army has to be ready to rapidly deploy resources to various locations at short notice. Improved efficiency can occur with automation- and technology-based processes. The Indian Army has an inventory of over 500,000 items.
“Standalone packages implemented by Army, Navy and Air Force need to be integrated into a single system, which would, in turn, ensure seamless integration across and between processes,” says a paper by the Centre for Land Warfare Studies (CLAWS). This process is being enhanced by various agencies of the defence forces.
Industry body The Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers (SIDM) is working with the forces to identify how new and cutting-edge technology solutions, including automation, can be deployed for various purposes. Indian industry is working with the forces to identify the need for specific requirements so that companies can begin investing in them.
Among the needs identified by SIDM are:
Developing an automated system monitoring the health of equipment is a critical need for the Army. The defence forces are working on various solutions for this. Data snalytics for managing the information is helping the forces analyse their operations within a shorter time cycle. Take a look at an assessment by SIDM, “While much of data analytics happening in the commercial world have applicability in military, there is a need to create customised, intuitive and scalable solutions for unique military scenarios.” Not just manufacturing, but digital tech has to be part of promoting indigenous defence capabilities.