Insights from new ‘Smart Base Program’ will help leadership improve public safety, energy efficiency, and transportation management for Fort Benning and the surrounding community
(WASHINGTON D.C, March 15, 2022) – US Ignite is pleased to announce the award of a $3.8M contract from the U.S. Army Engineer and Development Center (ERDC) to design and deploy an Internet of Things (IoT) sensor network and data-driven digital dashboard at Fort Benning in Columbus, Georgia. The advanced technology sensors will enable base leadership to monitor conditions and collect data in real time to improve public safety, energy efficiency, and transportation management for Fort Benning and the surrounding community. US Ignite will work closely with Columbus State University and the City of Columbus to implement multiple projects under the new Fort Benning Smart Base Program.
“I am excited that US Ignite and Columbus State University will be able to use Fort Benning to continue research and development of wireless technologies while also advancing the safety of the Fort Benning community,” said Senator Raphael G. Warnock (D-GA). “I am proud that Georgia continues to be at the cutting edge of innovation, and I am grateful there are so many people working to ensure our service members have access to the technology they need for operational success.”
The Fort Benning Smart Base Program will create high-tech jobs and attract commercial investments to Columbus, Georgia. The Program will also generate a set of cutting-edge tools and best practices that can be shared with the Department of Defense (DoD), smart bases, and smart cities across the U.S.
“This funding will support upgrades at Fort Benning to strengthen national security and improve quality of life for soldiers based in Georgia,” Senator Jon Ossoff (D- GA) said.
“This project is a clear signal to Soldiers, families, civilians and surrounding communities that Fort Benning continues to be an integral part of the Army’s Installation Strategy.” - Maj. Gen. Patrick J. Donahoe, commanding general, Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning
US Ignite will collaborate with a team of commercial and government partners to support development of a real-time ‘Smart Installation and Community Dashboard’ that integrates information from multiple sources across the base and surrounding areas. This dashboard will provide a model for a common operating picture and offer decision makers clear insights for managing staff and services on the installation while reducing base operation costs.
“We are pleased Army ERDC selected Fort Benning and our regional community partners to receive and test the Smart Installation and Community Dashboard,” said Maj. Gen. Patrick J. Donahoe, commanding general, Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning. “This project is a clear signal to Soldiers, families, civilians and surrounding communities that Fort Benning continues to be an integral part of the Army’s Installation Strategy.”
“The Army requires the ability to develop a community-wide operating picture with real-time data analytics to provide faster awareness and decision options. The Fort Benning example will provide a framework that can be scalable to other DoD installations,” said Natalie Myers, Program Manager USACE-ERDC-Construction Engineering Research Laboratory.
The Fort Benning Smart Base Program will begin with the deployment of a sensor network using 4G and 5G wireless connectivity. US Ignite will work with ERDC, Fort Benning, and other DoD stakeholders to develop multiple use cases for the network, while also testing and evaluating the technologies deployed. During the second phase of the contract, US Ignite will explore smart base applications focused on transportation, energy, public safety, and other priorities set by Fort Benning. The real-time information and data generated by the projects will be captured and visualized through the Smart Installation and Community Dashboard.
Among the organization’s previous projects, US Ignite recently completed the development of the Fort Carson Smart Transportation Testbed in Colorado. “Smart Installation projects like this help make great strides for the smart community movement. While this effort will make Fort Benning more efficient and safer, it also will generate sustainable jobs and spark innovation,” said Nick Maynard, US Ignite’s CEO.
About US Ignite:
US Ignite collaborates with smart communities and research testbeds to drive high-impact solutions to their toughest challenges. Operating like a high-tech startup, our organization delivers timely results by applying technical expertise, stakeholder engagement, and targeted tools. US Ignite works tirelessly to ensure our programs are effective and reach the communities that need them the most. For more information go to us-ignite.org.