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By: Manish Shewaramani

Unlock the Potential of IoT in Defense to Build Modern Armies

The military is the hidden treasure of the nations that works day and night selflessly keeping their lives at the stake. They are armed with the latest weapons to fight on the battlefield. Instead, constant improvement leveraging advanced technology is needed for the tools to enable military forces to edge out the enemies.

Earlier, we have discussed how augmented reality is reshaping military operations. what more can be done?

Presently, the defense system needs high connectivity to get real-time information and know situational awareness. All this is possible by leveraging IoT for defense. With the connected technology (Internet of things), soldiers will have more powerful, efficient and effective weapons.

According to Statista, “The total installed base of Internet of Things (IoT) connected devices is projected to amount to 75.44 billion worldwide by 2025, a fivefold increase in ten years.”

Number of IoT Devices

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Let’s dig deeper into how exponentially increased adoption IoT applications in defense would give a leg up to the defense system.

1) Provide Battlefield Situational Awareness

Surveying the battlefield in advance would help the officers in taking apt decisions at the right time. How would the officers come to know about the landscape before actually been there? This is possible by combining IoT with Drone.

The assessment is possible with unmanned aerial vehicles where attached sensors sense the data and send it to the command center in real-time. At the center, the data is analyzed and based on the situation commands are executed.

The network-centric warfare uses IoT communication gateways to connect battlefield assets back to headquarters. This way instant decisions could be taken at ease.

2) Proactive Equipment Maintenance

Maintenance of military vehicles is very important and that has to be done at regular intervals. Sometimes, sudden breakage or failure in the vehicle could be fatal on the battlefield.

How about if the military system would know the unanticipated part failure or unnecessary part replacement in the vehicle before the damage happen? Yes, it will be great. Predictive maintenance of equipment in real-time is possible by developing IoT applications for defense.

The onboard sensors are retrofitted in the fleet of vehicles that constantly measure and monitor engine performance. When any fluctuation is sensed by the sensors in the engine, the maintenance staff will be reported. This way mission reliability and security is enhanced, and reduction in manpower cost due to the maintenance staff shrinking. Also, the alerts facilitate on-demand ordering of parts in real-time and optimize the supply chains.

3) Monitor Warfighter’s Health

Best healthcare facilities are offered in the military forces, but administering a soldier’s health status when they are fighting on the battlefield is really tricky. IoT sensors let the soldiers know about any changes in their health so that they can take the medication in time. A wide range of sensors could be attached to soldiers’ clothes or wearables that would sense, track, and send alerts about their changing medical condition.

Moreover, doctors could know about the severity of the injury of warfighters via sensors before they are brought to the hospital. And, based on the information, a specific surgeon could be called and equipment could be arranged in advance.

4) IoT in defense Enables Remote Training

Embracing IoT technology, it’s not necessary for the trainers to be on the field or soldiers to get trained by fighting in the real-world battle. Shoot houses having cameras, motion sensors, and acoustic sensors to monitor the soldiers during training exercises. The same data could be received by the coaches who train the soldiers. Also, the data is available in the form of video and statistics so that the troops can view their performances.

In addition to this, simulated training with Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (MILES) is also possible where soldiers are provided with blank cartridges and lasers that are mounted on the weapons. When the soldier fires a blank cartridge, weapons send coded signals through lasers in simulation. If the laser signal touches the sensors attached to the soldier’s clothing and equipment, then it is registered as a hit and a beeping noise is heard indicating the soldier has been “killed.”

5) IoT Applications in Defense Allows for Real-Time Fleet Management

Optimum investment is made by the military in fleet management. Tracking of fleets and monitoring the engine status in real-time are tough to accomplish.

Adopting IoT in defense, vehicles embedded with sensors would allow real-time GPS tracking, exhibit speed and engine status, total engine hours, fuel efficiency, and pretty more. Smart tracking also displays the driver’s activity and makes him accountable for every step the vehicle takes.

According to the department of defense, Real-Time Fleet Management would reduce fuel costs by 25 percent.

6) Efficient Inventory Management

Guns, tanks, cartridges, and a lot more tools are required in the military. These weapons are shipped with great security, but manual management and update of these items into inventory is complex and less efficient. With RFID trackers, one could have real-time visibility into inventory and supply chain.

With every equipment, an RFID tracker is attached that alerts the concerned team on mobile that whether the item is shipped, transferred, deployed, or consumed. Extending real-time visibility would help the military to predict which items are in demand or which are in the excess. Also, it simplifies logistics management, reduces losses and theft of military equipment.

Epilogue

In the technology era, realizing the benefits of tested and proven IoT applications in defense system can perfectly monetize intelligence and strengthens the armed forces. The solution enables impeccable management of a large number of assets, brings good coordination among complex processes, and establishes a network for strong connectivity in the military.

Credencys has proven experience in developing IoT solutions for different industry domains. We have helped the Fortune 500 companies to achieve their business objective by establishing powerful connectivity amongst mobile app and IoT devices. It allows the customers of employees to check the sensor collected data on their mobile screen with complete analysis and detailed insights. Work with the IoT experts who build IoT applications that makeover the existing system and allow customers to scale. Get in touch with our consultants today!

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