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NATO TIDE Sprint Event Sees A-ICE Bring Logistics Innovation

This year’s NATO Industry Forum Workshop (Fall 2018 edition), held in Virginia Beach, VA., saw more than 250 engineers, operators, scientists and academics from 24 nations join together to focus on improving interoperability between NATO’s processes, people and technology – and A-ICE was there.

The workshop, named TIDE (Think-Tank for Information Decision and Execution) Sprint, concentrated its activities into 11 subjects, and A-ICE contributed our ideas and innovation in logistics, actively supporting NATO’s three core principles – standardisationinteroperabilitycost benefit.

TIDE Sprint offers attendees from various communities an opportunity to engage with strategic experts within NATO about the shared challenges it faces. Using the concepts, needs, specifications and discussions, NATO informs and drives the development efforts of communities to deliver improvements and initiatives to operational resilience through collaboration.

During the workshop, A-ICE highlighted the need for optimisation, through the use of innovative, existing solutions, of deployment and critical transportation aspects, considering both economic and operational sustainability within logistics. The latest technologies were examined, and some of the areas most deeply investigated were:

  • Big Data
  • Blockchain
  • 3D printing
  • Augmented Reality (AR)
  • Autonomous systems

The workshop delivered further areas of development within projects that aim to modernise logistics command-and-control, capabilities and Information Technology Services (C2 Capabilities and IT Services) in support of the NATO objective to continually improve interoperability between personnel, technology and processes.

Within a strategic environment that is largely defined by unpredictability and complexity, NATO works with a network of partners to improve resilience and responsiveness and believes that seamless interoperability can define future challenges and complexities and strengthen the initiative to guarantee the freedom and security of its’ members. Next Spring, in Croatia, the European TIDE Sprint event workshop will focus on transportation operational optimisation and prioritisation, bringing together inter-related communities to collaborate on shared challenges within those communities.

More details on the event are available on the NATO ACT website at

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