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Item Unique Identification

Item Unique Identification 

Item Unique Identification (IUID) is a systematic process to globally and unambiguously distinguish one item from all the other items that DoD buys or owns. IUID-enabled Serialized Item Management (SIM) provides a capability that allows DoD to locate, control, value, and manage its assets throughout the life cycle. A robust SIM program provides tools and processes to assist informed decision making to achieve better system reliability and readiness at reduced TOC. IUID-enabled SIM provides DoD with a standard methodology to: 

  • Consistently capture the value of all individual items it buys or owns. 
  • Trace these items during their use. 
  • Combat counterfeiting of parts. 
  • Associate valuable business intelligence to an item throughout its life cycle via automatic identification technology and connections to automated information systems. 

For more information on IUID as a design consideration, see the Systems Engineering Guidebook, Section 5.13.