Shipcom Wireless: Managing Every Move across the Streamlined Supply Chain

Abeezar Tyebji, CEO, Shipcom WirelessAbeezar Tyebji, CEO
The government sector, especially the defense space, has long been the target of several hacking attempts and cyberattacks. Companies handling supply chain projects across sectors, highly susceptible to cybersecurity threats need to adhere to several regulations to keep their data secure. Texas-based Shipcom Wireless aims to secure cloud-based supply chains. Shipcom focuses heavily on the federal space and manages large supply chain projects within the government, including Department of Homeland Security, Department of Veterans Affairs, US Air Force to track, amongst other things, supplies, assets, and temperature. The company develops supply chain enterprise solutions to enhance warehouse management logistics and total asset visibility (TAV) management, as well as stock replenishment by utilizing technologies such as blockchain, cloud, AI, Barcodes, RFID, RTLS, and GPS. “We leverage blockchain and cloud to augment the security aspect, especially with the rising cybercrime issues, which also act as our chief differentiator in the marketplace,” says Abeezar Tyebji, CEO of Shipcom Wireless.

The company’s core competency lies in its ability to manage the movement of material across the streamlined manufacturing supply chain, through various stages of ownership. With a highly secure, responsive, transparent, and compliant federal solution leveraging blockchain, Shipcom meets and manages extended supply chains in sectors like aerospace, defense, healthcare, financial bureau, and assisted services. The firm’s powerful business workflow engine manages the sequence of events and workflows to create “mashup” business automation and deliver bespoke solutions to address client needs and requirements. At the outset, having started its journey as a mobility and middleware company, Shipcom delivers an easy-to-use UI/UX capability at the manufacturing floor. Moreover, customers are facilitated with Shipcom’s API Hub, which creates the ability to rationalize multiple interfaces into multiple logistics/finance/contractual management or HR systems, and in a few clicks ties into their metadata and business processes. That’s not all. The company’s data collection solution allows contacting department of defense (DoD) assets throughout the distribution enterprise from beginning to the end of the supply chain, including storage. In doing so, the solution integrates about 30 different technologies from RFID, real-time location systems, GPS, and other sensor networks, with government and non-government systems. This creates easy to use end-to-end systems that are able to develop verifiable sources of data—a single version of the truth from all eligibility standpoints—using blockchain.

CATAMARAN®, Shipcom’s unified platform with a scalable yet stable architecture, allows the company to handle the federal government’s requirements for a large, extended supply chain. Shipcom believes in modularizing the inventory based on tasks and resources, such as financial reporting modules and contract management modules for the government, instead of purpose-oriented modularization.

We leverage blockchain and cloud to augment the security aspect, especially with the rising cybercrime issues, which also acts as our chief differentiator in the marketplace

Making a new level of efficiency, accuracy, and visibility is achievable, “We value and promote responsiveness from what we call the top floor to the shop floor. In essence, we tie the supply chain into multiple systems, including SAP, Oracle, and Workday, and make it accessible through iPhone and Android systems, thus connecting everyone from within the four walls of a warehouse down to the transportation network, instantly,” Tyebji says.

Shipcom begins with design or parts planning, which is eventually integrated into their software. This is followed by forecasting, placing the orders using EDI, and managing the power levels. Subsequently, the company integrates with a vendor base to create secure EDI. To eliminate counterfeiting, Shipcom tracks and traces the products using APIs into IBM Watson, Google, and AWS. In the DoD, Shipcom tracks parts, containers, aircraft, as well as personnel and helps war-fighters to stay prepared. The use of track-and-trace genealogy helps in warehouse automation by identifying the person moving things around, the part being moved, and the serial number on RFID tag. CATAMARAN® tracks this warehouse automation process naturally by mining information based on date and time stamps. By distributing this as a blockchain initiative, Shipcom provides the sense of a universal verifiable database that is acceptable to value-chain partners. This also helps with recording transactions from a compliance standpoint, cuts down tremendously on paperwork in areas of placing orders, detecting fake parts, traceability, counterfeiting, and reliability of parts. In a nutshell, the meshing up of the digital threads in CATAMARAN® essentially has complete track-and-trace capabilities from the standpoint of blockchain.

Shipcom’s lucid and intuitive inventory management system helps in not only process automation but also the visualization and optimization of in the realm. Tracking parts across third-, fourth- or even fifth-party logistics aids in the creation of business processes that can overcome additional inspections and the like, meanwhile also leveraging AI and probabilistic models in this process. Shipcom ensures quality management and quantity reporting, thus traversing beyond a classic inventory management package to facilitate ERP for transportation and quality manufacturing.

In an instance, Shipcom’s expertise was sought by a large shipyard with over 800 acres of land, wherein processes were carried out manually. Shipcom provided an exceptional workflow supply chain, which automated the quality control process to the extent that their compliance program now allows them to eliminate most inspection. The supply chain spans across ordering, manufacturing, and deployment, providing end-results that led to hugely inflated ROIs while keeping in mind the safety concerns in the shipyard.

Shipcom grew to nearly 800 percent of its former self-serving large government contracts. “Our tremendous growth is becoming predictable, scalable, and therefore repeatable,” concludes Tyebji on a confident note.