DEFENSE EXPERT ILIAS SOLUTIONS EXPAND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT TEAM WITH LUC VAN DE WINCKEL

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Brussels, 8 February – Luc van de Winckel starts as Business Development Manager at ILIAS Solutions. Van de Winckel will bring 20+ years experience in aerospace and defense from organizations as Sabena and Lockheed Martin. His focus will be on solutions for the C-130 community, based on standard components from our ILIAS Defense Platform.

Before joining ILIAS Solutions Luc Van de Winckel was the Head of Sales and Strategy for Defense at Sabena Aerospace Defense, primarily focusing on C-130 MRO. He successfully partnered with Blue Aerospace to win the sale of the Belgian C-130’s giving them a new life after being the trustful workhorse of Belgian defense.

Luc is a graduate from SERA 30 (Session Eurropéene des responçables de l’arrmement) where he is appointed by Belgian defense as one of the Belgian industry councilors.

Harald Kokelkoren, Director Business Development, ILIAS Solutions: “We are very pleased to have Luc join our team. With his profound expertise and passion, he will lead our initiatives to grow our support for the C-130 community. With this focus and dedication ILIAS Solutions will be able to generate high value results for the operators of this icon in the military transport world”.

Prior to joining Sabena van de Winckel was the Corporate Director of Northern Europe for Lockheed Martin responsible for supporting international business development. He played a key role in the F-35 campaigns and industrial participation in Denmark, Finland and Belgium.

Before Lockheed Martin, Luc spent 11 years at Hewlett Packard in Brussels working in the services, sales and Marketing department. This experience helped him to support the sales teams in Europe for EU, NATO and UN as European marketing director.

Luc van de Winckel, Business Development Manager, ILIAS Solutions: “As a leader in fleet management and expanding into a wider variety of platforms my past experiences and network matched up with the expectations and needs of ILIAS. I look forward to growing the increasing community of satisfied customers.”

 

 
Notes to editor

For more information or to arrange an interview, contact:

Barbara Persoons, Corporate Communication Manager, ILIAS Solutions

barbara.persoons@ilias-solutions.com

+31 (0)36 75 19 757

About ILIAS Solutions

ILIAS Solutions provides off-the-shelf commercial software exclusively focused on defense. Itencompasses over two decades of best-practices, ensuring low implementation cost, time and risk.The ILIAS defense logistics software platform empower military operations and defense industry organizations to minimize the logistics footprint while assuring mission readiness at all times.

ILIAS Solutions supports commanders in doing more with less for both military operations and missions. The platform covers the entire armed forces value chain. It aligns operations, training and missions with maintenance, supply and procurement. The ILIAS software platform allows effective execution of processes, captures key information and enables military commanders to manage their defense capability in accordance with the doctrine and within the constraints of their budgets.

ILIAS Solutions is ISO 9001 certified.

F-35 PILOT IAN KNIGHT TRANSFERS TO DEFENSE EXPERT ILIAS SOLUTIONS

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Brussels, 15 December 2020 – Ian Knight will start as of February 1st 2021 as Business Development Manager at ILIAS Solutions. Knight will bring 20+ years experience in fighter operations, sustainment and compliance. His focus will be on solutions for the F-35 community, based on standard components from our ILIAS Defense Platform.  

Harald Kokelkoren, Director Business Development, ILIAS Solutions: I’m very proud that Ian will join my team with his real-life F-35 experience. He will lead our quest to generate valuable solutions for the community. He understands the challenges, knows what needs to be tackled and is passionate about delivering true capability to augment fleet performance. 

Ian Knight is a reserve Royal Netherlands Air Force Lieutenant-Colonel with 20+ years experience in fighter operations, sustainment and compliance. A distinguished graduate in pilot training and top graduate of the RNLAF Weapon School, Knight had the honor of serving in multiple F-16 deployments to Afghanistan. 

After graduating weapon school, Ian served as a RNLAF exchange officer with a United States Air Force F-16 squadron in South Carolina, followed by a position in the Defense Materiel Organization’s F-16 replacement office. Building on his acquisition and fighter experience, Ian was selected as one of the first four RNLAF F-35 pilots, tasked to execute F-35 operational test together with partners from the U.S. Services, UK and Australia. Ian commanded both the test squadron at Edwards AFB and the first operational F-35 squadron at Leeuwarden Air Base.  

 Before taking on the responsibility of F-35 business development at ILIAS Solutionshis final active-duty position was at the Defense Operations Directorate as Deputy Chief of Strategy & Plans. 

 Ian Knight, Business Development Manager, ILIAS Solutions: “I am grateful for the opportunity to become part of the ILIAS team and look forward to working with this excellent group of professionals. My involvement in the F-35 program over the last 17 years has taught me that integrating operations, maintenance, logistics, IT and security is key to effectively and efficiently get the warfighter on target, on time. I believe ILIAS is the integrated solution that many users in the defense industry are looking for. It will be exciting to make it even better.” 

Knight has a bachelor’s degree in applied physics from the Delft University of Technology, a Master’s degrees in Military Operational Art & Science from USAF Air University and completed executive training in logistics at MIT. 

 

NOTES TO EDITOR: 

For more information or to arrange an interview, contact: 

Barbara PersoonsCorporate Communication Manager, ILIAS Solutions 

+31 (0)36 75 19 757 

 

 

About ILIAS Solutions 

ILIAS Solutions provides off-the-shelf commercial software exclusively focused on defenseItencompasses over two decades of best-practices, ensuring low implementation cost, time and risk.The ILIAS defense logistics software platform empower military operations and defense industry organizations to minimize the logistics footprint while assuring mission readiness at all times.

  

ILIAS Solutions supports commanders in doing more with less for both military operations and missions. The platform covers the entire armed forces value chain. It aligns operations, training and missions with maintenance, supply and procurement. The ILIAS software platform allows effective execution of processes, captures key information and enables military commanders to manage their defense capability in accordance with the doctrine and within the constraints of their budgets.

 

ILIAS Solutions is ISO 9001 certified.

 

More background information:

 

ILIAS SOLUTIONS SIGNS DEAL WITH LOCKHEED MARTIN FOR SUSTAINMENT AND FLEET MANAGEMENT OF THE SLOVAK AIR FORCE F-16 FIGHTER JETS

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Brussels, 31 July 2020 – ILIAS Solutions is proud to announce that Lockheed Martin have, once again, chosen them and their defense logistics software to support the implementation and sustainment of the new F-16 Block 70 fleet of the Slovak Republic.

ILIAS Solutions will work with the Slovak Air Force to implement its defense logistics software into the Sliač Air Base IT platform. Prior to the fleet’s arrival, the staff will be fully trained to manage and sustain the new fleet of F-16 Block 70 fighter jets with the ILIAS Defense Platform.

Jean-Pierre Wildschut, Managing Director ILIAS Solutions says, “I’m excited to extend our cooperation with Lockheed Martin and start working with the Slovak Air Force; providing the capability to manage their F-16 fleet at Sliač Air Base. The ILIAS Defense Platform will minimize the logistics footprint of their F-16 fleet while assuring mission readiness at all times.”

The ILIAS Solutions-Lockheed Martin collaboration already lead to significantly improved sustainment performance of multiple F-16 fleets and other weapon systems. By bringing together decades of expertise, ILIAS Solutions and Lockheed Martin merge military sustainment know-how via the ILIAS commercially available off-the-shelf software into a long-term capability for the customer. The combined expertise of ILIAS Solutions and Lockheed Martin will provide Sliač Air Base a proven solution to assure mission readiness for its F-16 fleet. 

Danya Trent, vice president of Lockheed Martin’s F-16 program added, “ILIAS Solutions will be instrumental in providing the Slovak Republic first class capabilities for the sustainment and fleet management of these advanced F-16 Block 70 fighter jets. I’m confident in their capabilities, and welcome them on board the Lockheed Martin team that is already working closely with the Slovak Air Force preparing for the arrival and deployment of the F-16 at Sliač Air Base.”  

The ILIAS software platform will provide the Slovak Air Force with total asset visibility.  This will allow them to assess mission readiness and plan deployments of the F-16 for military missions or training.

 

If you would like to know more about the new F-16 Block and the ILIAS implementation, do not hesitate to contact us. 

THE ILIAS ES 2020.01 UPDATE IS HERE

ILIAS Solutions is proud to announce that the update of its ILIAS Enterprise Suite (ILIAS ES 2020.01) has been successfully implemented at the Belgian Defense and at the Fuerza Aérea De Chile.

In addition to the blasting performance and overall stability increase, ILIAS ES 2020.01 also brings many new features for our customers such as: 

  • A new Interface with Third Party Logistics providers
  • Interface with MDS (Airbus Maintenance Data System) to facilitate the maintenance of the A400M aircraft in ILIAS
  • Several new dashboards and reports in DCM (Defense Capability Management)
  • A completely redesignd Training Management Solution, built with our updated HTML framework. 
  • Integration of annotations, dark theme and drag & drop configurator

Moreover, ILIAS Solutions has been able to avoid downtime during working hours and the ILIAS ES 2020.01 update has been executed within a day for our customers.

If you want to know more about the ILIAS Enterprise Suite 2020.01 update, do not hesitate to ask for information.

OVERLOAD INDICATION FOR MILITARY VEHICLES THANKS TO ILIAS I-HUMS

Overloading has a significant impact on the condition of a vehicle, for example, it can cause the tires to overheat and wear rapidly or lead to cracks in the vehicle chassis. The premature wear and tear resulted from frequent overload might also cause the vehicle warranty to become void, since driving overloaded can be prevented by the vehicle operators.

In order to support the military vehicle operators we have developed a HUMS based Load indication solution, that can detect overload automatically and signal to the driver that adjustments have to be made in order to guarantee a correct usage of the vehicle.

To demonstrate the ILIAS I-HUMS® capabilities on detecting vehicle overload, we have verified two methodologies: mechanical and machine learning. Both methodologies have been tested on FOX tactical vehicles in the environment of Belgian Defense, by using the following vehicle measurements:

  • X-, Y- and Z-axis accelerometer
  • Pitch, yaw and roll (gyroscope)
  • CAN-bus data (among which engine load, intake manifold absolute pressure, mass air flow rate)

Reference drives have been performed in early March 2020 where the Belgian Defense FOX vehicles were driven by different drivers on routes incorporating on-road and off-road terrain, normal roads and highways, and characteristics that allowed accelerating, braking and turns. This type of reference drives were necessary in order to eliminate the driver behavior as factor influencing the load estimation.

 

MECHANICAL MODEL

For the mechanical model we are collaborating with the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark, where we have tested a vehicle mass estimation methodology based on the data captured with the ILIAS I-HUMS®.

The initial results are based on a Load indication model based on the following constants:

Results

The following results have been obtained when analyzing the data coming from armored FOX vehicles, with the vehicles being both loaded and unloaded:

The results from the mechanical model show an increasing accuracy in determining vehicle load in the cases where the vehicles had medium and maximum loads. This represents a good foundation for the model since our aim is to indicate to the driver the overload situations that have the most negative impact on vehicle health.

This approach will be further enriched with a machine learning-based algorithm.

MACHINE LEARNING MODEL 

Initial results have been accomplished in collaboration with Sirris, our data science partners, based on a data-driven methodology for the detection of an overloaded vehicle. The achieved load indication milestone represents one of the use cases for our joint project STUNT, which targets diSTributed product Usage aNalyTics in the context of asset management of off-road and special-purpose vehicles in mobile operations.

With the machine learning load indication model the aim was to use the ILIAS HUMS® data and develop an algorithm that assigns a label to each drive of a vehicle, indicating whether that drive was executed under normal load, low overload, medium overload or high overload. In order to recommend an action to the driver as fast as possible, we want to classify the drive already within a few seconds after it starts.

The FOX vehicle data was derived into features with the purpose to capture the vehicle dynamics while driving. These features are needed so that the machine learning algorithm can use them to distinguish between the different overload situations.

The load indication algorithm uses the following features over a rolling window of 10 seconds:

  • Average and standard deviation of engine speed
  • Vehicle acceleration, maximum, minimum and average speed
  • X-, Y- and Z-axis accelerometer
  • Average and standard deviation of engine load
  • Average and standard deviation of throttle position
  • Average and standard deviation of intake manifold absolute pressure

 

Results

A Random Forest classifier was identified as the most performant and consistent classification algorithm, leading to the following results, where on the x- axis we find the predicted class by the algorithm, while on the y-axis, we find the actual class.

The machine learning algorithm has identified the following results:

As it can be observed in the table, the results emphasized in blue support the initial conclusions from the mechanical model, where the higher the vehicle load, the more accurate the model becomes.

CONCLUSIONS AND WAY AHEAD

The analysis provided in this article demonstrates that the right approach has been taken and the high accuracy for the initial results supports that. The mechanical and machine learning models have provided similar results which indicates that using them together will increase the capabilities of the ILIAS I-HUMS® in estimating vehicle overload.

With this initial steps we have demonstrated the capability of the ILIAS I-HUMS® product as a reliable system that supports the driver take action to avoid premature tear and wear of the vehicle.

The approach described here validates the flexibility of our system where it can be easily adapted to provide overload information coming from different types of military vehicles.

If you would like to find out more about the overload indication project setup, please do not hesitate to contact us.

OPTIMIZING YOUR DEFENSE FLYING MISSIONS FROM PLAN TO EXECUTION, AT WARP-SPEED

Flight operations and planning has always been a very labor intensive, costly and time consuming, but necessary process. Air squadron and operation planning commanders still meet around a board to work out the best way of scheduling their transport, fighter and helicopter flights. Planning air combat or training missions with speed depends on human; as fast as any human can go. While there have been improvements and tools developed over time, flight operational management still struggles with recurring and common issues.

The defense community is being challenged, more than ever, to deliver their operational missions in the most efficient and cost-effective manner. Globally, the prospect of further government cuts to defense budgets is eminent and requires innovative thinking. Standards and transparency of information is essential to secure the readiness and efficiency of MOD’s and the challenges are still evident. In this article, we raise some issues that we believe are major and how the ILIAS Defense Platform offers an instrument to support successful defense flying missions.

  • FLIGHTS STILL MANAGED ON WHITEBOARDS

Although the flight operation room still holds whiteboards and gives a great overview of the mission, it can be fallible and lack certain details. The whiteboards will not contain all information such as inventory to be transported. It can not operate intuitively and relies solely on human creation and response. Errors and inaccuracies will absolutely cause problems for the end goal.

  • MULTIPLE SPREADSHEETS TO TRACK INFORMATION

Trying to keep track of flight personnel’s currency and qualifications can be very challenging, especially during mission planning. It is a lengthy process adding high risk of errors. The inability to account for people and their status will most certainly cause failures and disruptions for missions or training.

  • DATA IS MANAGED BY SCATTERED SYSTEMS

Monitoring the whole planning phase is necessary and can be faulty when multiple people are involved. Each may have their own information to add that could possibly get lost or misplaced, again causing major issues when flight planning. Using separate applications with hope that all records are current is a very risky game without the appropriate technological expertise. Flight operation managers need to focus on flights and will have difficulty when important information is fragmented across different platforms.

  • PROBLEMATIC AND LACK OF COMMUNICATION LINKS

Old traditional ways of planning takes an extensive amount of time to solidify and communications are often shifted through several channels. Since 80% of a successful mission is completed during the planning phase, lack of proper communication would most certainly cause lack of readiness and, subsequently, degrade the mission. The need to create better and quicker plans as well as communicate in real time and securely, has become an absolute necessity.

 

OUR RECOMMENDATIONS AND CAPABILITIES FOR A STRATEGIC AND INTEGRATED APPROACH TO FLIGHT OPERATIONS

The solution is to create end-to-end visibility while leveraging existing systems using smart technology. This is why our Ops Air solution has functionality for numerous aspects of the end-to-end operations. And we’ve added even more power and efficiency to complete your air operation and logistics planning with integration abilities.

Tasking and Scheduling

ILIAS Ops Air displays intuitive and active screens to optimize the way a user views information. While scheduling crew or aircraft, the system automatically presents correct personnel or aircraft and intelligently offers the best options. It also alerts the user to mistakes, preventing unwanted selections or inputs. Ops Air supports managing the flight operations, standardizes procedures and monitors actions.

The cutting edge cockpit user interface, for look and feel, displays valuable flight information and some features include:

  • Long term overview
  • Short term overview – copy missions
  • Checklists and notifications
  • Short term messages
  • Crew scheduler with Traffic Light coding to keep flyers qualified
  • Aircraft scheduler

ILIAS Ops Air Short Term Planning

The scheduling module contains the Traffic-light coding system for all upcoming certification expirations or requirements. This enables the military flight, operations, and air commanders to maintain records and missions in one secure platform.

ILIAS Ops Air Crew Scheduler

ILIAS Ops Air can also interface with current HR, Tasking and Reporting systems, allowing a single up-to-date dataset and automatic data transfer throughout the systems.

Training

Training Management is a complementary and essential additional tool for the Ops & Training community. This add-on to Ops Air provides precise control over the crew qualification status and training requirements. Controlling crew qualifications status and currency increases the predictability of meeting operational deployment requirements by having qualified crew immediately available.

Training Management puts you in control by providing the means to match qualification requirements with the most recent crew performance data. In turn, creating accurate and actionable training management and ops scheduling information.

Communication and Security

Because we know that everyone may not have the same requirements, we’ve placed high priority in the versatility and controls of user access. Only authorized personnel will have access to the information they need, based on their user rights; preventing any unwanted actions or interventions and present data on a need-to-know basis. The access controls and security operate at multiple levels, which:

  • Protects data communicating from server to browser
  • Offers role-based access within the application
 

IT’S AN EXCITING TIME FOR MILITARY PLANNING AND OPERATIONS, THANKS TO THE INFORMATION AGE AND ILIAS SOLUTIONS

Today, the digital age has systematically enabled growth with speed and efficiency for businesses and military, alike. This is where our, uniquely positioned, highly secure Ops Air system comes into play. It offers a single truth through the most reliable and highly functional digital defense platform.  No more broken communication links between key people. Strategic and logistic planning that was once done on a chalkboard or pen and paper, taking days to solidify, is now done with incredible efficiency and accuracy at the click of the mouse, from plan to execution.

Our team have solely focused efforts on developing and managing solutions for the military since the mid-1990’s, arming forces with the most highly functional logistics platform available.  As adaptive professionals, we sought out flight planning operation managers and true flight experts to understand their problem areas and approach the issues with educated thoughtfulness to create the ultimate solution. For example; where some struggled to add the transport element to their software, we started our concept with prioritizing the transport element because we understand the importance of an integrated approach.

Subject matter experts agree; Erik Cornelisse (Experimental Test Pilot) stated, “ILIAS Ops Air is the only solution for all your strategic defense planning needs by offering an all-encompassing tool to manage everything from people to transport movement to complete your logistics mission with total success.”

And U.S. Army SFC (Ret.) Tomera Rodgers added, “As a U.S. Army OV-1D co-aviator and aerial photographer during Desert Shield and Desert Storm, I witnessed the struggles with deployment readiness as a result of serious broken communication between key people. Ops Air would have most certainly resolved the crew qualification issues that sadly did cause us casualties. Fortunately, we’re advancing because of experts like ILIAS.”  

At ILIAS Solutions, we’ve absolutely created that necessary “single truth” by providing fully digitized military flight operations management, linking, tasking, operational management and reporting systems; all to simplify and enhance operations, improve safety and efficiency that lead to overall readiness. Simply stated, it is the most reliable, innovative, and relevant technology tool for all air operations.

If you want to know more about ILIAS Ops Air do not hesitate to ask for a demonstration:

ILIAS SOLUTIONS AND LOCKHEED MARTIN REACH AGREEMENT ON SUPPLIER OPPORTUNITIES

ILIAS Solutions announced 15 Sept 2019 that it reached agreement with Lockheed Martin on supplier opportunities. This opens the door for ILIAS Solutions to pursue valuable contracts within the F-35 programme and to provide logistics software solutions to Lockheed Martin and its customers.

“We look forward to collaborating with Lockheed on the F-35 programme. Working on the F-35 project will allow us to again leap forward in our technical skills and pursue contracts in both the military and civilian sectors,” said Jean-Pierre Wildschut, Managing Director of ILIAS Solutions.

Currently, ILIAS is primarily focused on defence contracts. Their logistics software helps armed services such as the Belgian Air Force and NATO AWACS efficiently manage mission driven logistics. ILIAS Solutions maximizes the availability of the fleet and allows cost efficiencies by creating transparency throughout the end-to-end process.

“ILIAS has been a trusted partner on the F-16 program for decades,” said Yung Le, Lockheed Martin’s Director Business Development. “We look forward to growing our longstanding relationship with ILIAS with the F-35 programme.”

Wildschut said ILIAS expects to pursue contracts with Lockheed Martin that will result in a value of $5 million USD annually – a growth of 15-20 percent yearly over the next five years — and will double its workforce in this period. He said this work will open doors to additional work with other countries’ fleets, F-35 and potentially additional Lockheed Martin platforms. Earlier this year, ILIAS began supporting two F-16 upgrade programs for Lockheed Martin customers.

“The introduction of the F-16 in the late seventies built the foundation of the Belgian aerospace industry,” Wildschut said. “In the same way, we expect the F-35, via the ESI programme, will give a new boost to our industry through technology transfer and business cooperation.”

If you want to know more about ILIAS Solutions and our collaboration with Lockheed Martin, ask for a conversation.

CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF NATO PILS: INSIDE THE ILIAS USER COMMUNITY MEETING 2019

Just like every year, we were much pleased to welcome our customers and partners on the occasion of the User Community Meeting 2019 (UCM 2019).

 

Celebrating 20 Years of NATO PILS with the ILIAS Community

This year was a special edition because we celebrated 20 years of the PILS Program (Program Integrated Logistics System) at NATO E-3A component.

Since the NATO E-3A component is located in Geilenkirchen, the UCM 2019 was hosted in the nearby city of Aachen which is rich in history and heritage.

During the meeting, we highlighted some of our cutting-edge technologies and solutions made for defense by our experts. ILIAS Defense Capability Management (DCM), the ILIAS Health and Usage Monitoring System (ILIAS HUMS) or the ILIAS Air Operations platform (ILIAS Ops Air) were demonstrated next to our core areas like maintenance, logistics and budgeting. We were also very proud to show the progress of our ILIAS Training Academy and ILIAS hosting on the cloud.

Our new customers highlighted their challenges and how they envision ILIAS Solutions to provide the required solutions.

Next to these presentations, we also conducted numerous interactive sessions and round tables regarding various topics of common interest for our community such as ammunition management, Interfacing with Defense third parties suppliers and finance management.

In this edition, more than ever, we expressed our willingness to bring excellence to military information management software. We have shown the evolution of our defense platform, our focus on customer services and surely our dedication towards helping our growing community to do more with less.

 

Want to know more about our solutions and be part of the community ?

Do not hesitate to contact us! 

TOWARDS A MILITARY CLOUD ENVIRONMENT: THE ILIAS G-CLOUD PROJECT

For many years now, we have witnessed closer relations between industry and the military to better meet the challenges of tomorrow. The driver for defense is to focus resources on the mission rather than the back-office and leverage innovation capability of industry at the highest possible pace. In logistics, the number of PBL cases has been growing significantly over the past decade. Even aspects of operations, such as pilot training and (gate) security are outsourced by several defense organizations.

Another global development is the emerging Cloud for IT. In the end, it is the same theme, answering the question to what extend aspects of IT can be managed in a secure way by external parties so military resources can focus on the mission.

In this article, we will open some paths of reflection on the subject and present the achievements of our G-Cloud project at the Belgian Defense.

ACTUAL STATUS AND DEFENSE REQUIREMENTS FOR A DEFENSE CLOUD

Up until 5 years ago, we were far from imagining the $10 billion Pentagon’s cloud computing JEDI (Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure) contract Amazon and Microsoft are competing for. Information security issues, lack of awareness and knowledge, dependency during the mission…. the reasons for the military to be skeptical about the cloud are multiple.

That said, the military do understand that the main question is not if but how to implement cloud computing. Today, the commercial industry is full of best practices on how to deal with complex and sensitive information that military organizations can leverage.

The DoD Cloud Strategy 2018 is clear: “This effort is a Department priority. As we execute this strategy, we will continue to seek the active participation and commitment of all DoD Components to realize the benefits of cloud as we operate on the 21st century battlefield

Also the UK MoD and the Australian Government have adopted “a cloud-first approach”.

Some of the many benefits a cloud infrastructure can bring to defense are:

  • A more efficient and cost-effective data management thanks to the agile nature of the cloud. For example, the storage capacities are dynamically realigned and can help IT staff to automate repetitive tasks, saving time and money with a smaller IT footprint.
  • A precious tool for data sovereignty either in peacetime or warfare. Indeed, the cloud can enable a secure transfer of sensitive data from a military unit to another instantly and improving the collection, organization, and analysis of critical information.
  • Since data can be collected, shared and accessible from anywhere and on a variety of devices, cloud computing brings a better situational awareness to units.
  • A consistent and reliable data infrastructure in contrast to the traditional military siloed systems, facilitating maintenance and standards uniformity across military departments.

SMART. RELIABLE. READY… AT ANY TIME AND FROM ANYWHERE THANKS TO MILITARY CLOUD.

As ILIAS Solutions we always strive to stay ahead of the curve. Our technology team has been working on cloud capabilities for our customers during the past years. We are proud that we currently deliver these capabilities to Belgian Defense. It is our mission to help the military to do more with less. Expanding our portfolio with cloud capabilities and managed services adds to that mission.

SMALL STEPS FOR A RADIANT FUTURE: THE ILIAS G-CLOUD PROJECT AT THE BELGIAN DEFENSE

In this project, we helped Belgian Defense to move their data towards an external data center. This Government data center provided an IAAS (Infrastructure As A Service) hosting solution called the G-Cloud on which the ILIAS Defense Platform is now hosted. We provide the managed services so the Belgian Defense can work in an optimal way with the provided capabilities: full support for operations, deployments, maintenance, warehousing, procurement, supply chain management and budgeting for all Belgian Defense components.

For our team, the G-Cloud project was quite challenging as we faced two major changes: a migration from AIX to Linux and a complete change of infrastructure. Nevertheless, the migration was a success, resulting in a fully operational ILIAS environment running on the national G-Cloud and a plan/documentation for future cloud evolution.

In practice, cloud computing increased the performance of ILIAS for end-users. Also, some background batches now take 5 minutes to be executed instead of 25 minutes on the previous infrastructure.

We always strive to excellence in defense information management software. As such, we acknowledge the advantages of cloud computing, but also understand specific challenges for the military. That’s why we continue to study and invest in the development of enterprise cloud capabilities. As such, we support the management of our customers’ data driven by best practices of both commercial industry and defense.

If you want to know more about the ILIAS Defense Platform and cloud computing in defense do not hesitate to ask for a conversation with one of our experts:

SAFE AMMUNITION, IN THE RIGHT PLACE AND AMOUNT THANKS TO HUMS

A few months ago we raised some issues related to how ammunitions and small arms are managed in defense and how the ILIAS platform offers an instrument to support weapons and ammo management.

Since then, we’ve been consistently working on our capabilities to provide a sophisticated product representing the state of the art of ammunition management software. In practice, this is done by combining our logistics platform and our custom “health and usage monitoring system” (ILIAS HUMS) resulting in an end-to-end solution providing safety, quality, and control of ammo.

REDUCING HUMAN ERROR

During the ammunition supply process, failures are often attributed to human errors affecting the safety and quality of ammo and weapons.

Furthermore, these errors can be made at various levels of the ammo supply process.

For example:

  • determine usability through visual inspection, which causes bad ammunition declared usable (unsafe situation) or good ammunition declared unusable (unnecessary costs)
  • destruction of ammunition without registration, or the registration disapears.
  • unawareness of the safety inspections, regulations or ammo storage conditions.
  • release of blocked lots or wrong equivalent of ammunition.

Having said that, we must not forget that ammunition supply is only half of the story since human errors also affect the return of unused ammunition resulting in 30% of unusable ammunition as you can see below.

Returned ammunition status after visual inspection 

As we have shown, human error combined with inherent problems in the supply process can have devastating consequences on the safety, maintenance and accountability of the ammunition or, more radically, in accidents involving the security of military serviceman and woman. 

To counter these risks, we truly believe that all the defense organizations should use a technology that supports zero-tolerance in all the phases and actions of ammunition management by reducing human errors as far as possible.

AMMUNITION MANAGEMENT FROM FACTORY TO RETURN CARGO

We think that the combination of a solid Defense Logistics Information System (DLIS) and a Health and Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) technology can provide an appropriate solution to trace and equip the servicemen and women with safe ammunition, in the right place and in the right amount.

Let’s see how it wor

ks:

Ammunition supply process with ILIAS HUMS

As soon as the ammunition arrives at the strategic depot, it is equipped with an ILIAS Smart Sensor that will capture reliable and accurate data throughout the whole supply process.

The Smart Sensor can be embedded in ammunition depot but also in the smallest unit of packing enriching your process with an actual insight on the real storage and usage condition of your ammo. The data are based on indicators such as humidity, shock and temperature, but also geographical position in near real-time thanks to our geofencing feature.

Furthermore, all the returned ammunition is also traceable allowing you to know the real condition of each item in your return cargo instead of the “theoretical” one.

BENEFITS

In a nutshell, our approach guarantees, against a small investment, a trustworthy, condition based and predictable information on your ammunition, but also several benefits that you can see below.

Safety: Enables actual insight in the condition of the ammunition

Zero-tolerance support: Decreases the possibility of human error in ammo management

Readiness: Increases availability and employability of ammunition through near real time overview

Efficiency: Decreases costs through a clear view on quality and expiration of the ammo

Security: Enable end-to-end traceability of weapons and ammunition

f you want to know more about ILIAS HUMS and ammo management do not hesitate to ask for a demonstration: