Internet of Things
Manish Shewaramani
By: Manish Shewaramani

Internet Of Things: The Agent Of Change For The Defense System

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

Earlier, we have discussed how augmented reality is reshaping military operations. To know more, click here. Else, what more can be done?

Presently, what the defense system need is high connectivity, getting real-time information and knowing situational awareness. All this is possible with a connected technology (Internet of things) that can make soldiers more powerful, efficient and effective.

Gartner predicts that the IoT devices are going to encompass more than 6.4 billion by the end of 2016. Let’s dig deeper how exponential increased adoption of internet of things (IoT) 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 right time. How the officers would come to know about the landscape before actually been there? The assessment is possible with manned or unmanned aerial vehicles where attached sensors sense the data and send it to the command center in real-time. From the center, the data is analyzed, assessed and based on the situation, commands are executed.

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

2) Proactive equipment maintenance

Regular maintenance of military vehicles is very important and that’s done after regular intervals. Sometimes, sudden breakage or failure in the vehicle occurs that proves to be fatal on the battlefield. How about if military system would know the unanticipated part failure or unnecessary part replacement in the vehicle before the damage happen? Yes, it will be great. With IoT, predictive maintenance of equipment in real-time is possible.

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 engine the maintenance staff was reported. This way mission reliability and security is enhanced, and cost reduced 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 soldier’s health status when they are fighting on the battlefield is really tricky. To let the soldiers know about any changes in their health and inform the safety measures to be taken is possible with IoT. A wide range of sensors attached with soldiers clothes or wearables would sense the data and alert them about any changes in a medical condition.

Moreover, doctors could know about the injured warfighter’s injury severity via sensors before they are brought to the hospital. And, based on the information, specific surgeon was called and equipment could be arranged in advance.

4) 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 monitor the soldiers during training exercises and send the same data to the coaches who train the soldiers. Also, the data sent is kept in the form of video and statistics are represented to the troops to view their performances.

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

5) Real-Time Fleet Management

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

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

According to the department of defense, Real-Time Fleet Management would reduce the 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 a great security, but manual management and update of these items in to inventory is complex and less efficient. With RFID trackers, one could have real-time visibility into inventory and supply chain.

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

Epilogue

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

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