Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group has selected AT&T internet of things (IoT) Connectivity to deliver a connected container solution for the Dutch Army.
The company will incorporate AT&T’s IoT capabilities into its overall connected container service model to deliver the global managed container service contract.
In December last year, Marshall was awarded a contract to provide next-generation containers for the Dutch Armed Forces.
The contract was awarded as part of a programme to equip the armed forces with new vehicles, containers and support equipment.
The AT&T solution will provide Marshall with the capability to monitor the ‘location, condition and temperature of containers across a range of use cases’.
Marshall will use AT&T’s Global SIM and AT&T’s Control Centre platform for remote monitoring and management of the container systems.
The connectivity will provide commanders with key details such as the exact location of a container and its state of readiness for deployment.
The information will enable improved management of the containers and ensure they are at the right place at the right time.
Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group DVOW project director Steve Nokes said: “Being able to track and monitor the containers added another dimension to this important contract for the Dutch Army.
“We are delighted to be delivering these container systems as a result of a rapid development and manufacturing programme, and to offer this enhanced service to our customer thanks to the global solution delivered by the team at AT&T.”
Under the contract, valued at more than £100m, Marshall will provide over 1,400 connected container systems during the next five years.
The systems to be delivered include controlled atmosphere and basic stores units, command and control, medical container systems, and workshops.
The contract also includes a 14-year full availability-based support package.
AT&T EMEA region president John Vladimir Slamecka said: “We are delivering the future to our customers by allowing them to connect in new ways. These are high-value assets, both in monetary terms and in operational terms, so it’s critical to know their location and condition.
“By utilising our global IoT solutions, which roam across over 500 mobile network carriers and 200+ countries and territories, we’re helping Marshall to gain a competitive advantage.”