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AT&T and the US Air Force's (USAF) Maxwell Air Force Base have partnered to test Internet of Things (IoT) devices' potential ability for improving operations and infrastructure at the base.

AT&T is installing and integrating network-connected sensors into the operations of the base as part of the new partnership agreement.

Maxwell Air Force Base 42d Mission Support Group commander colonel Don Lewis said:  "Military Bases function as small cities, and we face a lot of the same challenges municipalities face.

"We're excited about opportunities to explore ways to enhance our operations, conserve limited resources, and stimulate new ideas to more creatively execute our missions through the power of IoT and network connected sensors."

Both companies plan to create proof of concept demonstrations of smart perimeters, gate monitoring, notifications and fleet management.

AT&T Global Public Sector Solutions Air Force client executive vice-president Rocky Thurston said: “Our work with Maxwell Air Force Base is just the tip of the iceberg of assisting the military.

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"We're excited about opportunities to explore ways to enhance our operations and stimulate new ideas to more creatively execute our missions through the power of IoT."

“It’s an honour to team with Maxwell to improve its base operations and infrastructure through IoT.”

Command staff at Maxwell, representatives from Air University and other Air Force personnel are also working on the IoT programme in collaboration with AT&T.

Maxwell Air Force Base is located in Montgomery, Alabama, and houses Air University, the air force's education and leadership hub and the 908th Airlift Wing. 

The Business and Enterprise Systems Directorate of the Air Force Lifecycle Management Center and more than 30 tenant units also reside at the site.

Image: AT&T to improve operations and infrastructure at Maxwell Air Force Base. Photo: courtesy of AT&T Intellectual Property.