AIM North America Honors NATO as 2019 Organization of the Year

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | September 24, 2019 | AIM North America (AIM NA), representing AIM in the U.S., Canada and Mexico as the trusted industry association for the automatic identification industry, providing unbiased information, educational resources and standards, announced  it has named NATO Allied Command Transformation as the recipient of the 2019 Organization of the Year Award.  

Established in 2013, this award is presented to an organization in recognition of outstanding contributions and service that have furthered the growth of the industry. 

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) founded an Asset Tracking Working Group (ASTWG) to standardize the use of automatic identification and data capture techniques across the Alliance to track the movement of critical material and equipment. This effort has been chaired and lead by the Allied Command Transformation (ACT) located in Norfolk, Virginia.

The task had its challenges as no nation wanted to establish 27 separate and distinct communications channels all with different protocols.  Under ACT guidance and leadership, the ASTWG was able to establish a communications hub at the NATO Supply and Procurement Agency in Luxembourg supporting a single protocol and communication channel.  This hub is now capable of receiving and routing both barcode and RFID tracking reads. These efforts are a unique achievement in that it required all of the NATO nations to agree to handle the cargo of other nations and reporting their movement.

AIM North America announced the selection of NATO Allied Command Transformation last week during meetings in Europe.  The award was presented by Chuck Evanhoe, Chairman of AIM, Inc. and CEO of Aware Innovations, Inc., an AIM North America member.

For more information, contact AIM North America Headquarters by email or phone (724.742.4473).