The Virtual Visitor Control Center (V2C2) project submitted by teams lead by Tech. Sgt. Maevemallory Kaneakalau, a member of the 96th Security Forces Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, aims to leverage modern technologies to reduce the wait times associated with installation access requirements while increasing the capacity to support future technologies for base security.
The V2C2 aims to use a mobile application and self-service kiosks to capture necessary personal and biometric information to vet individuals needing access to the base, eliminating paper and badge passes, which can be easily compromised. Through license plate recognition systems and strategically placed surveillance cameras, the V2C2 can provide detection and accountability of personnel as they move throughout an installation.
The technology may also enhance security forces capabilities to support future technologies, such as self-driving vehicles and drone deliveries, said Kaneakalau in the Spark Tank proposal.
“V2C2 originally started as a simple idea to renovate our visitor center into a more welcoming and functioning space,” said Kaneakalau. “Having the opportunity to bring our ideas in front of a like-minded organization truly is amazing.”
Spark Tank is an annual competition in which Airmen pitch innovative and often game-changing ideas to top Air force leadership and industry experts. Through partnerships with private sector businesses and technology startups, winners gain the opportunity to develop their solutions to improve Air Force capabilities across the mission spectrum.
The two AFMC finalists will compete in the finals at AFWERX against the winners from other Air Force major commands. The AFWERX judge’s panel will then choose six MAJCOM finalists and two wildcard selections who will present their project ideas to Air Force senior leaders, industry experts and investors during the Air Force Association Air Warfare Symposium in Orlando, Florida.
The winners are selected based on the likelihood of their project to positively impact Air Force mission needs within a 6- to 24-month timeframe. The projects are judged on their potential for impact and likelihood of success in conjunction with the ability of the submitters to identify the way forward for the effort.
To learn more about the Spark Tank competition, visit the Air Force Ideation platform using a CAC-enabled device at https://www.afwerx.af.mil/ideation.html.