Networks of wireless 5G sensors help create digital operating picture to boost security on military bases

Dec. 3, 2020
The Air Force is trying to get LTE and 5G in all bases to develop this technology and one day transfer its capabilities to the general public.

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – As U.S. Air Force technicians rebuild the hurricane-damaged Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida, they are pairing the low-latency and large data-transmission of 5G networks with digital twin technology to increase base security. Fedscoop reports. Continue reading original article

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3 Dec. 2020 -- The plan is to connect thousands of sensors at Tyndall that detect intruders and transmit this data by 5G wireless into a digital twin model -- or a software-defined replica of physical settings -- to show security officers potential threats.

The software model of the base is in the works after several contracts were signed in October through Afwerx, the Air Force emerging technology acquisition arm. Brig. Gen. Patrice Melancon, the executive director of the base reconstruction effort calls the 5G-enabled sensors “robot dogs.”

The idea works best with 5G because current wireless networks can’t transmit the amount of data necessary to create a digital operating picture. It’s unclear when the security systems will be operational, but Melancon says modernization on U.S. military bases continues to show positive results.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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