Mitek development of AI applications was driven by end-users at US Air Force Supply Chain Management.
Air Force estimated savings from the analytics to be over $270M for avionics rotables (reparable parts) alone.
Air Force analysts’ labor did not scale to data needed; processes were non-repeatable. Mitek was awarded several USAF contracts to automate the data analysis and develop AI features wished by the end-users.
The developed AI is operationally used by Air Force Supply Chain Management Organization for a few years. Mitek is currently working with several additional DoD organizations to deploy the developed AI tools.
The supply chain addressed by the AI includes maintenance and logistics. When replacement parts are not there, aircraft become unavailable. Having aircraft that are mission incapable is a big problem. Potential problem causes are
- Demand: failures, removals, bad actor parts, deteriorating reliability, etc.
- Supply: spares, logistics delays, repair delays, satisfying variable demand, etc.
Mitek’s AI provides monitoring and observability of the supply chain processes based on the data that is already collected. The AI automatically quantifies possible problem causes and effectiveness of alternative solutions .