DVIDS – News – T-Mobile and AFB Dover Airmen Collaborate to Innovate

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. – Representatives from the T-Mobile Customer Discovery team met with Airmen from the Dover team to discuss new and innovative ways to improve mission effectiveness and accelerate meaningful changes on the Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, October 20, 2021.

During the event, the T-Mobile team discussed their capabilities and demonstrated new technologies out of the box or under development.

“T-Mobile’s visit was a commitment to educate Dover Airmen and identify areas where new technologies can potentially advance Dover AFB’s rapid global mobility mission,” said Maj.James Nichol, chief of the innovation of the 436th Airlift Wing at the Bedrock Innovation Lab.

Bedrock is the “Innovation Foundation” of the Dover team, which houses technological equipment and fosters an innovative environment for Airmen to create solutions to the problems they face in their field of work.

T-Mobile engineers gave aviators an in-depth look at virtual and augmented reality, as well as tracking high-value assets with Bluetooth and radio-frequency identification capabilities; while connected to a 5G network.

“When you think of telecommunications capabilities, most people think of 5G,” Nichol said. “The T-Mobile team discussed 5G, but the most interesting part of their demonstrations were the technologies made possible by the 5G spectrum.”

The team explained how these technologies can be harnessed to improve aircraft maintenance operations and increase the efficiency of the air port and logistics warehouses.

“Initially, we thought ‘the air port of the future’, not just the ‘super port’, and it makes sense to reach out and discuss with industry partners to [network] infrastructure, ”said Senior Master Sgt. Andrew Silkworth, 436 Airport Squadron operations superintendent.

Airmen from the 436th APS, known as the Super Port, move around 50,000 tonnes of cargo and 10,000 passengers each year.

One product in particular that Silkworth was interested in was high value asset tracking. This would allow agencies on Dover AFB to track almost everything in their workspace with pinpoint accuracy. Silkworth believes APS, in conjunction with HVA tracking capabilities, can dramatically reduce the time it takes to train Airmen and process cargo more efficiently.

“Bluetooth tracking is super cool because it has so many uses,” Silkworth said. “It’s not just for cargo tracking, we can use it to track our airmen [training] also. From a training standpoint, it will save us hours, if not weeks. “

Silkworth said this ability would also benefit a large organization like the 436th Medical Group by giving it the ability to undergo medical tools, training and equipment.

“They can tag pieces of equipment that are used in multiple offices and know exactly where to find them,” Silkworth said. “They’ll just scan a QR code and they can see where it is in their facility, and their software will tell them how to get there.”

Nichol and Silkworth pointed out that augmented and virtual reality and asset tracking capabilities are not designed for one particular squadron, but that every team on base can take advantage of emerging technologies that are only limited by the imagination. airmen.

“There is no voice too small to trigger huge change,” Silkworth said. “I encourage supervisors to come out and listen to their airmen and know where to go to channel that voice. When it comes to innovation on Dover AFB, you [have] a canal right next to Bedrock.

The partnership has been underway for more than 10 months, and Airmen at Dover Air Force Base continue to look for ways to work with the T-Mobile team to make their visions a reality.

“As the military, it is important to work with industry to understand emerging technologies to accelerate change, modernize our infrastructure and significantly advance our capabilities,” said Nichol. “With strong partnerships, we can maintain a competitive advantage over our strategic competitors. ”

Date taken: 04/11/2021
Date posted: 04/11/2021 09:51
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