US Navy clones Expedia to save on logistics

The US Navy is using travel software similar to that under the bonnet of Expedia to slash its global logistics and transportation budget.

The Navy expects to save $20 million per year thanks to Expedia technology.

According to a talkative navel, the system consolidates information about freight and personnel travel schedules into a single database.

Slashdot said this then shows up giving decision-makers a choice of the quickest, cheapest options available.

The Office of Naval Research, which developed the application, said that the Transportation Exploitation Tool (TET) is a little more sophisticated than online travel sites such as Expedia or Travelocity were in 1996.

The system consolidates travel schedules and capacity reports for both military and civilian carriers to give logistics planners a choice of open spaces in ships, planes, trucks, trains or other means of travel, along with information about cost, estimated time of arrival and recommendations of the most efficient route.

In the bad old days logistics planners trying to get an engine part to a Navy ship stranded in a foreign port would spend hours or days looking through separate databases to find something able to carry the part.

Bob Smith, program manager at the Office of researching navels , wrote that the system uses advances in technology to provide outstanding optimisation of available flights and ship routes.

It saves huge amounts of time and could mean lives being saved. Particular if the limes arrive on time and no one gets scurvy.

The system is based in cloud servers and has been combined with the Financial and Air Transportation System, which is the travel and supply-chain planning system owned by the US Transportation Command.

The prototype version saved the Navy $28 million in transportation costs, and the outfit expects it to continue to save about $20 million per year.