The Army has been developing its concept of the “installation of the future” for several years, sketching out its desired outcomes for a variety of services and other functions. The next step, which the Army anticipates will take place early next year, is to invite the private sector to show how it can help the Army carry out its vision.
“We’ve gotten to the point where we have pretty well fleshed out an Army vision for what an installation of the future looks like at a higher level,” Jordan Gillis, acting assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment, said last week at the Association of the U.S. Army annual meeting. “At the industry day, we will take some specific requirements and use cases that we have developed and look for industry to suggest the solutions that they have. We’ll look for ways to partner with them to pilot those to figure out where the biggest bang for the buck is, and then we can expand them across the force,” Gillis said, reported Federal News Network.
The installation of the future calls for a reliance on state-of-the-art technologies to increase efficiency and enhance functionality for a range of installation management requirements and quality-of-life needs. “We’re looking to digitize the installations in their entirety,” Gillis said. “Facility operations, building occupancy experiences, frictionless security, that’s all within our grasp.”
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