The “installation of the future” increasingly will rely on virtual environments, especially for training, limiting the need for “brick and mortar” facilities. The trend, one of several that emerged at a June symposium hosted by the Army Training and Doctrine Command Mad Scientist Initiative and the Georgia Technology Research Institute, will be made possible by improved gaming, virtual reality and augmented reality capabilities, reports Army Times.
Much of the event’s discussion focused on the tension between the “smart city” technologies expected to drive the installation of the future and the increased vulnerability they offer to cyber threats. The increased connectivity associated with smart cities, for example, would allow adversaries to target installations and “virtually project power,” the Times said. Similarly, greater use of sensors would open up an installation to new risks for sensitive information to be exploited.
In the physical world, advanced technologies — including sensors, facial recognition capabilities and artificial intelligence — can improve security, but raise questions about privacy.
Army leaders highlighted the need to develop a standard set of tools to take advantage of smart technologies, which will play a leading role in the Army’s Installations of the Future initiative. Researchers discussed the importance of developing a method to rapidly test prototypes to assess the best technologies that should be implemented across Army installations.
Army photo by Sgt. Christopher Gaylord