Indra Develops Platform for Predicting Military Logistical Needs

The intelligent sustainment 4.0 platform predicts the logistical needs of armies and makes it easier for all air, naval and land systems and platforms to be ready to fulfil their mission in the best conditions By DA Reporter / 09 Jul 2021

Indra has developed a new platform that will aid in predictive maintenance of military equipment to improve operational effectiveness. 

The intelligent sustainment 4.0 platform predicts the logistical needs of armies and makes it easier for all air, naval and land systems and platforms to be ready to fulfil their mission in the best conditions.

The system helps the military gain a better understanding of the status and availability of each system and platform. This provides agility in deploying and supporting units around the world.

At the same time, it ensures maintenance of each system, vehicle, aircraft or vessel, avoiding serious breakdowns and extending the useful life and availability of each piece of equipment resulting in higher levels of safety and efficiency, and enormous cost savings. 

Commanders will be able to monitor in real time all logistical flows of an entire army, forecast maintenance work with high accuracy, predict material demand, calculate costs and budgets, and integrate with all their suppliers seamlessly, using blockchain technology. 

The sensorization of the equipment makes it possible to collect an enormous amount of data on the performance of each system. This data can be transmitted to the sustainment platform in real time or at the end of the mission thanks to hyperconnectivity between systems. 

This means that if an aircraft detects an anomaly, for example in any of its engine parameters or any electronic system while it is completing a mission, it can alert of the problem in real time.

Indra’s sustainment platform receives the alert and is responsible for requesting the components and mobilizing the technical team so that the failure can be reviewed and repaired upon the aircraft’s return to the base.

The accuracy and amount of data collected from each system enables the generation of digital twins with which awareness of the operational status of the platform can be gained and key information can be obtained for decision making. This makes it possible to analyze and simulate scenarios to see how the system will respond under certain conditions in its next mission. 

Indra’s sustainment 4.0 platform is designed to rely strictly on private cloud infrastructure under the Army’s own control to securely store the huge volumes of data it collects and provide a seamless view of the status and needs of each Army unit. 

Powerful analytical software and artificial intelligence algorithms process and study them to present commanders with relevant information for decision making. 

On the other hand, operators and mechanics in the workshops have access to useful information on detected faults, configuration of each system, pending revisions, etc. 

Mixed and virtual reality solutions guide them in the repair of increasingly complex and sophisticated systems. 

The camera of a cell phone or tablet is enough to recognize the system in front of them and access up-to-date information on its configuration and status in a matter of seconds.

The use of virtual reality headsets takes these possibilities even further, allowing them to request remote support from colleagues in other bases or even in other countries, which is especially useful in international missions. 

Indra’s sustainment platform is the first in the market that integrates, under a single umbrella group, defence asset management, computerized maintenance management and systems and facilities management. 

The advanced sustainment 4.0 concept is based on the SIGLE logistics management system that is used by the Spanish Army.

SIGLE serves more than 10,000 users, a thousand units, centers and organizations, and manages more than 700,000 different materials. 

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