DSTA collaborated with the SAF to develop the Fleet Management System (FMS). Leveraging data analytics (DA) and Internet-of-Things (IoT) technology, the FMS is a system that allows the SAF to adopt a data-driven approach to better manage the availability and maintenance of its fleets.
Recognising that the SAF’s three Services shared similar requirements for FMS applications and DA capabilities, DSTA implemented a common blueprint and tapped its multi-disciplinary expertise to guide the development of FMS solutions for the RSAF, the RSN and the Army based on their specific contexts and needs.
To accelerate DA development, the team leveraged an in-house Enterprise Data Analytics Platform, which is a shared infrastructure that provides a suite of self-service DA tools to help extract, collate and analyse massive amounts of fleet data systematically. Through close collaboration between DSTA’s data scientists and the SAF’s engineering experts, the team developed DA capabilities that provided insights to help operators diagnose issues, detect anomalies and perform pre-emptive rectification of systems. For the RSN in particular, applying machine learning and advanced DA on the ships’ system health data for anomaly detection and predictive maintenance resulted in a cost avoidance of S$500,000.
The FMS was also used to analyse the RSAF’s aircraft maintenance records to improve maintenance planning. A fleet health monitoring dashboard and resource optimisation engine were incorporated in the FMS to monitor fleet health and automatically prioritise resources for maintenance tasks.
In conjunction, the DSTA team applied IoT technologies, deploying Bluetooth beacons to track assets in the air base. These capabilities demonstrated improvements in asset visibility and asset health monitoring, potentially leading to better operational effectiveness and efficiency in aircraft generation.
For the Army, the FMS resource management tool is used to manage its combat fleet centrally, optimising the utilisation of training fleets from 30% to 90%. This led to a reduction of the active fleet size by 100 vehicles while still ensuring that operational requirements are met.
Together, the FMS applications and DA capabilities deployed to the Services have yielded benefits and operational efficiency. The FMS capabilities will be progressively scaled to a wider fleet of platforms to transform the SAF’s approach in managing defence systems.