The New Zealand National Codification Bureau will retire its Defence Cataloguing Authority Integrated Database System (DIDS) this Friday. The NZNCB is one of 56 similar entities worldwide that allows individual defence forces to operate to a standardised set of equipment identities to ensure costs are kept down, duplication is avoided and interoperability with other defence forces is achieved. DIDS has been the main Defence codification tool used by the NZNCB to help maintain its vast database of equipment descriptions and numbers since it was commissioned in 1991. Earlier this year NZNCB began the replacement of DIDS with the NATO Codification Repository Next Generation (N-CORE NG) system. Chris Waghorn, manager of the National Codifications Bureau, says the new system was developed by ESG of Munich, Germany, and is based on internet technology. “The introduction of the new system represents an almost two generational jump in the processing capability for the NZNCB,” Waghorn says. After a period of running the two systems in parallel, NZNCB have reached the point where it is time to turn off the old system. This is set to happen on Friday at 10.00am at the Joint Logistics and Support Organisation at Trentham, Upper Hutt.