The Internet of Things (IoT) is an exciting opportunity for the global defense and security industries. On the battlefield, it’s not always viable or practical to install vulnerable terrestrial infrastructures such as towers, gateways and other land-based equipment. Constellations of low-cost nanosatellites can enable responsive and resilient connectivity for vast networks of IoT enabled sensors and devices in any location.
The most challenging future wars for land forces will likely be fought in contested urban environments (CUE). Even if there is existing infrastructure in these locations, it could become damaged, compromised or non-operational. Defense agencies and security providers are looking to adopt new technologies to combat such issues, and IoT devices and nanosatellite connectivity are central to this approach.
Urban battle sensors
Australia’s Defence Science and Technology (DST) agency has tested the use of sensor technology, carrying out trials as part of the Contested Urban Environment (CUE) challenge in 2018. The Montreal trial involved a 250-strong cohort of Canadian, New Zealand, UK, and US defense scientists. Terminals that communicate directly with low earth orbit satellites were deployed, sending messages that included a timestamp, location and status.