The Future of Defense is the Internet of Things Opened

The Future of Defense is the Internet of Things Opened

The Internet of Things (IoT) is an exciting opportunity for the worldwide defense and security industries. On the battlefield, it’s not always viable or practical to put in vulnerable terrestrial infrastructures like towers, gateways and other land-based equipment. Constellations of low-cost nanosatellites can allow awareness 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 congested urban environments (CUE). albeit there's 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 the present approach.

Urban battle sensors

Australia’s Defence Science and Technology (DST) agency has tested the utilization of sensor technology, completing trials as a part of the Contested Urban Environment (CUE) challenge in 2018. The Montreal trial engaged 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 standing.

The terminals were programmed to simulate the detection of a chemical attack and remained under surveillance throughout the exercise. The trial demonstrated the huge advantage of having the ability to quickly populate an outsized area with a network of IoT devices, which wide-area aerial reconnaissance functions are often integrated with such devices.

Black box for the battleground

IoT has also played an important role within the creation of the world-first personal black box-style “fight recorder, "that's under development for Australian infantry. These recorders achieve as location beacons, sanctioning nanosatellites to pinpoint and broadcast the precise location of injured soldiers quickly. Additionally, the fight recorder records information which will be wont to reconstruct what happened during an enemy engagement. The recorders also can monitor the performance of kit and protective wear, enabling the Australian defense to develop new procedures and improve equipment for future use.

Security within the field

A critically important aspect of implementing IoT is ensuring security and resilience, no matter whether the setting is military, industrial or consumer. All data must be encrypted to stop eavesdropping and authenticated to supply valid identification of the sender. IoT systems must even be ready to detect efforts at tampering or forging messages reliably. Device identity must even be cryptographically protected to make sure privacy and to stop metadata attacks. Weak security creates high-risk situations, and full national infrastructures might be compromised with devastating results.

A "zero-trust" security approach is additionally needed, because it maintains data confidentiality, integrity, and privacy, even within the event where the underlying physical infrastructure is compromised. During a hostile situation, third parties must be prevented from determining the identity of over the air transmissions, or whether any number of messages is sent from an equivalent device.

IoT is that the next frontier for several industries, but defense, especially, has much to realize from its use. By having the ability to speak regularly, securely, and accurately from any location, the utilization of nanosatellites and IoT technology has progressed to some extent where it’s affordable, accessible, and proven to figure on the battlefield.

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