With the rise of IoT in every domain of human life, military planners and war strategists are bracing up to welcome a new revolution in the battlefield. In this article we will talk about how IoT will revolutionize defense, military and battlefield.
Integration of War Zone with HQ
The integration of the battlefield with the command HQ via IoT-based devices is set to revolutionize the future of warfighting. IoT will unify C4ISR systems, sensors, video, voice, data collaboration, and computing. Commanders will not only be able to view and interact with soldiers in real time, they’d also be able to control and manipulate war subjects and situations according to their choice. This would be made possible by software-defined networking (SDN), and virtualization-aware network infrastructure.
Robots in the War
Perhaps the biggest manifestation of IoT warfighting and defense is the rise of the robots. Currently, the US military has over 12,000 smart devices including PackBots and robots to pinpoint and identify targets, detect landmines and much more. In the future, you can expect small, hummingbird sized robots which will be used by marines to detect snipers and ambushes.
IoT Will help Militaries in Saving Costs
The US military spends a baffling amount of money on energy systems at home and abroad. According to the Department of Defense, over $10 million were spent in 2016 on maintenance and repair of defense installations. Analysts think that the country could save millions by adapting IoT apps. For example, the Central Bucks School District in Pennsylvania saved over $15 million in energy costs in 5 years by simply adapting IoT solutions. Similarly, an IoT solution used by Western Kentucky University found high amounts of energy usage during off-peak hours via leaks. The system pinpointed the leakages and the authorities were able to save costs by fixing the problem.
Sensors, Monitors and Wearable Devices for Soldiers
We are experiencing the rise of IoT-based sensors and wearable devices. Armies around the world have already started equipping their solders with sensors, monitors and wearable devices which transmit data back to the HQ. These devices communicate health data, safety information and war-zone data. These data sensors will be integrated with UAVs, solider helmets and plans to form a holistic, connected war strategy. Commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) wearable technologies like smart glasses, smart watches for military and boots are the future of the ‘connected military’.
Accenture and Airbus Solution
Famous companies Accenture and Airbus have developed one of the most advanced and futuristic IoT devices for defense. One such device is a type of glasses which could be wore my military personnel. The device helps in marking the targets to the last millimeter accurately. The device is mainly used for military aircrafts for cabin seat marking.