The US Marine Corps (USMC) has awarded a task order to IT consulting firm CGI to expand the Marine Corps Platform Integration Center (MCPIC) programme.

Under the contract, the company will implement MCPIC to increase real-time inventory management at five more USMC bases.

The MCPIC is already functional at three bases. With the scaleup of the inventory tracking services at the outposts, the USMC will be able to achieve complete visibility of assets across the globe.

CGI vice-president Chris Hetman said: “We are honoured that MCPIC has become the programme of record at USMC. We proudly support USMC’s most complex, vital tasks, effectively managing their supply chain in delivering mission-critical equipment and supplies to the right place, at the right time.

“CGI constantly innovates and implements the latest technology, like MCPIC, a key engine for USMC, to automate USMC’s entire global inventory receiving process.”

MCPIC tags items and equipment digitally to streamline inventory. The programme uses passive radio frequency identification.

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Using automated identification technology and Internet of Things (IoT) sensors, a user can access real-time information.

With $8.5m initial funding value, the contract has a base performance period of four years.

It comes with options, which if exercised will take the value of the contract to $34.4m.

USMC deputy commander DW Elzie said: “CGI has played a critical role in helping USMC achieve remarkable inventory tracking and compliance scores.

“MCPIC continues to have considerable impact on our operational baseline that helps us account for our assets. We are thrilled to expand this partnership and level of professionalism to all Marine Corps bases.”