AT&T Unveils 5G-Powered Solutions for the US Department of Defense and Navy

AT&T Unveils 5G-Powered Solutions for the US Department of Defense and Navy

AT&T Participates in Department of Defense Demonstration of 5G-Enabled Smart Storage Solutions at Naval Base Coronado

AT&T private 5G network with virtual and augmented reality capabilities, video surveillance, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and Zero Trust architecture in basic demos

Which is the news? AT&T* participated in a US Department of Defense (DoD) and US Navy demonstration showcasing a variety of 5G-powered technology solutions that can support a naval “smart warehouse” enablement. The demonstrations occurred at the Coronado Naval Base in San Diego, where the Department of Defense is exploring the smart warehouse concept. AT&T’s private 5G network at the base delivered data throughput speeds of 3.9 gigabits per second with less than 10 milliseconds of latency when powering demonstrations.

Why is this important? In October 2020, the Department of Defense (DoD) Announced $600 million in prize money for 5G experimentation and testing at five US military test sites, representing the largest large-scale 5G tests for dual-use applications in the world. DOD seeks to remain at the forefront of cutting-edge 5G testing and experimentation to strengthen our nation’s warfighting capabilities as well as US economic competitiveness in this critical field.

The 5G Smart Warehouse project at Naval Base Coronado is the use case of the DoD program that incorporates 5G capabilities for transshipments between ground facilities and naval units. The objective is to increase the efficiency and fidelity of naval logistics operations, including the identification, registration, organization, storage, recovery and transportation of material and supplies.

AT&T’s 5G network offers the Department of Defense the ability to scale its 5G-enabled smart warehouse solution and supports global access for Department of Defense users through roaming capabilities used with AT&T’s network infrastructure. This allows the Department of Defense to benefit from AT&T’s commercial investments in its network and avoid costly additional network builds.

What 5G solutions were demonstrated? The solutions demonstrated at the event focused on the 5G radio access network and its optimization of warehouse operations through higher data throughput, Internet of Things (IoT) support and low latency. Demonstrated prototype use cases include:

5G-enabled VR/AR capabilities to support military training and operations

The Naval Information Warfare Center-Pacific exhibited its Battlespace Exploitation of Mixed Reality (BEMR) lab to demonstrate how 5G-enabled virtual and augmented reality can be applied to military training, maintenance, prototyping applications, and operations.

High definition video surveillance with 5G technology

A 5G-enabled high-definition video surveillance demonstration showcased the ease of use and quick integration of an IP camera connected to AT&T’s private 5G network in the warehouse to provide high-definition streaming and direct access to any camera located on the network private to support video surveillance.

Artificial intelligence and machine learning use cases using AT&T 5G in a cloud environment.

An artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) solution demonstrated the possibilities of extending AI and ML from the cloud to the edge of the network using the high-throughput, low-latency capabilities of 5G. A pre-trained model was created to demonstrate real-time recognition and sorting of polyvinyl chloride “elbows” of various grades that were placed on a moving conveyor. The camera was trained to recognize different objects and update a database with the type and number of parts it recognized. The solution also collects metrics and KPIs and displays them on a dashboard to monitor and manage operations.

5G-enabled AR to support advanced put/pick technology operated via a hands-free mobile device

An advanced 5G-connected put/pick technology solution using Augmented Reality (AR) was demonstrated. The solution was operated with a hands-free mobile device and demonstrated the ability to support increased accuracy while reducing pick/sale processing times. This mobile device technology is expected to eventually be integrated with robotic material conveyors, smart storage devices, and optimization algorithms to further improve warehouse efficiency and improve current metrics.

Zero Trust Architecture cybersecurity support

Demonstrators showcased a suite of cybersecurity tools that support the network’s security architecture with the use of micro-segmentation encryption to provide confidentiality and privacy to the Navy 5G Smart Warehouse network.

This is what people are saying:

Amanda Toman, Acting Senior Director for 5G-NextG, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Research and Engineering

“This is a key example of organizations coming together in a collaborative environment with our Armed Forces to explore the art of the possible in 5G. “We are not just building for the combatant; we are also innovating with the American citizen in mind. The Department of Defense is working to accelerate the development and deployment of 5G-enabled capabilities in many use cases, while ensuring that those systems, as well as those of our allies and partners, are robust, secure and reliable.”1

Lance Spencer, Executive Vice President of Customers: Defense, AT&T Public Sector and FirstNet

“The AT&T 5G-enabled solution we are delivering at Naval Base Coronado is the first of its kind, high-performance, highly secure, scalable private network solution. We hope it will serve as a foundation for improving the efficiency, timeliness, accuracy, safety and security of naval warehouse operations.”

What are AT&T’s next steps in Smart Warehouse?

Soon, we hope to connect our high-speed, low-latency 5G service with intelligent warehouse application infrastructure to support the Department of Defense’s goals of leveraging 5G for intelligent operations and greatly increased asset visibility.

Where can I find more information? Read the related Department of Defense announcement by clicking here.

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