How tech can help protect
military bases

Public safety in military campus settings presents unique
challenges for first responders. Wireless-enabled
innovations offer solutions.

On any given day, a large military base can host over 10,000 active-duty personnel. Such bases serve as a staging ground for operations, providing services, materiel support and training venues. These bases are vital for national security, ensuring service men and women are prepared to deploy quickly when crises arise around the world.

Yet the campuses themselves present their own complex security challenges.

A military base is often as much a small town as it is a fortress. Many of these campuses encompass housing units, childcare centers, chapels and more, making them just as susceptible to conventional public safety threats as any other area. These installations, however, also face dangers that are unique to their mission, such as the threat of enemy incursion. Because of this, emergency preparedness on military bases must strike a delicate balance. Bases must remain open environments for thousands of people while still being safe and impenetrable. 

Advanced wireless connectivity is poised to help first responders on these installations deal with diverse concerns, both now and in the future. Speedy and resilient networks—5G in particular—could support myriad security-focused innovations, everything from drones to intelligent video to smart wearables. These tools will empower campus personnel with better situational awareness, data-sharing and a common operating picture during an emergency—helping to ensure America’s national security personnel are safe at home base.

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Body cams and wearable sensors

On-duty security staff equipped with wearables could leverage 5G network connectivity to give first-response teams critical situational awareness, sending real-time video streaming and maps to other units. This common operating view would help multiple emergency response teams to collaborate and pool resources quickly, making the response more efficient.

5G-enabled cameras and intelligent video

Surveillance cameras could be optimized with Verizon Intelligent Video, which can gather, analyze, transmit and store video data. The cameras could identify unusual behavior and trigger alerts to let on-campus security know an incident has occurred. AI could recognize a firearm via video before it’s dispatched; it could also identify the type of firearm, helping security to make informed decisions about the threat before anyone is injured.

Inter and intra-agency communications

In the future, reliable network interoperability—created through industry-wide collaboration—could improve communication between multiple first-response teams utilizing different networks or devices. This would ensure data wouldn’t be siloed and could be easily shared between agencies.

Aerial drones

Equipped with Verizon 5G connectivity, drones would be able to fly over buildings to capture images of the building and stream data back to relevant recovery teams. Infrared cameras and zoom lenses on drones could spot survivors through wreckage.

3D photogrammetry models

In the future, a 3D photogrammetry model—captured via drone—could be uploaded via 5G to quickly give the recovery team on the ground a full, 360-degree picture of the wreckage. With this imagery, they would be able to see every angle and possible weak spots, allowing them to make the most effective rescue and recovery plan.

Sensor fusion

Once data has been collected by aerial drones, sensors and intelligent cameras, sensor fusion—a key project in development by Verizon’s New Business Incubation team—will be able to leverage AI to “fuse” all of this information and analyze it. The output creates a more complete picture—even helping to identify pockets of wreckage where a survivor may be trapped.


Eventually, 5G-connected robots could be sent into compromised buildings to survey damage, make repairs or locate trapped survivors where it would otherwise be unsafe or impossible for a human to do so. Using fast and reliable connectivity, the robot units would send pertinent data back to first response teams.

5G-enabled critical asset sensors

Verizon Frontline critical asset sensors, deployed on physical infrastructure throughout the base, could eventually have the capability to measure changes in tilt, temperature, shock and acceleration. When a vehicle hits a telephone pole equipped with a sensor, the device could transmit data via low-latency 5G about the power line and the degree of tilt on the pole. This would let first responders know in real-time if the pole is at risk of falling and damaging infrastructure or harming those in the vicinity.

Virtual roadside units

Connected traffic infrastructure like virtual roadside units could help first responders and frontline workers get to the scene quickly. IoT tools would offer real-time insights about traffic. They could also potentially be leveraged to change the status of lights to make the approach by emergency personnel more efficient.

Connected ambulances

In the future, a connected ambulance could use artificial intelligence to determine which nearby hospitals are equipped to handle certain injuries, or which ERs are too busy. An EMT donning connected wearables could send HD videos via a secure Verizon 5G connection wirelessly, in a first-person view, from their headset to the admitting hospital.