Movement Tracking System (MTS)

The Movement Tracking System (MTS) is a satellite-based tracking and text messaging system designed to provide command and control over distribution assets supporting theater logistical operations. The system is fast and secure, ideal for identifying current and accurate vehicle locations and sending text messages to and from MTS-equipped vehicles.

With MTS, Army logisticians can now communicate with the driver and redirect the shipment to locations that have a higher priority, based on the flow of the operation or the conduct of the battle. The commander has true in-transit visibility (ITV) of the movement he directed and the truck has a higher level of force protection due to the enhanced situational awareness provided by the mapping display.

Spc. Brock Strickland, 506th Air Support Medical Co., operates MTS in the vehicle
Spc. Brock Strickland, 506th Air Support Medical Co., operates MTS in the vehicle.

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Movement Tracking System (MTS)

Movement Tracking System (MTS)
Movement Tracking System (MTS).

MTS is a commercial off-the-shelf product that has been semi-ruggedized to provide vehicle operators and their leaders with digital National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency maps, global positioning system (GPS) location data, and L-band (long band) satellite two-way text messaging. MTS computer systems come in two configurations: a mobile system that can be mounted in any tactical wheeled vehicle and a laptop control station for use at platoon, company, battalion, or brigade headquarters.

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MT-2012 transceiver with embedded GPS and RFID interrogator. The unit installs in less than a square foot of space on top of a vehicle.

The MTS system enables soldiers to see the position of, and communicate with, other MTS-enabled vehicles and control stations. Leaders can pass critical information, route and mission changes, and other information to their soldiers while the soldiers are on the road conducting missions.

RFID interrogator capability has been added to the equipment set of MTS so the Logistics Operations Support Cell at any level can see the truck and know what the cargo is based on the information provided on the cargo’s RF tag. RFID expands in-transit visibility (ITV) from nodal or choke point reporting to a more timely, current, and accurate ITV of assets and cargo. MTS will also provide trailer, container, flatrack, and pallet tracking management via RFID. With this capability, when an event occurs it will be reported to the control station based on the data contained in the tag.

The MTS is employed at all levels of the distribution management system. In the corps and division, MTS control stations are located in distribution management center (DMC) support operations sections, movement control/mode operator headquarters elements, support battalion support operations sections within the division, and supply support activities (SSAs) at all echelons. The MTS control stations located at the maneuver brigade S4 and the FSB support operations section, transportation cell provide positive inbound clearance, outbound coordination of transportation assets and supplies, and maintain ITV.

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