Contemporary military operations are becoming increasingly complex, multifaceted, and unpredictable. As the technological capabilities of allies and adversaries advance, more pressure is put on military commanders to anticipate, assess, and take action in increasingly pressurized environments and restricted timeframes.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a potential solution to this problem. By integrating systems of sensors, actuators, and control systems into existing military infrastructures, the military can become more efficient and effective. Below we have outlined three separate areas for IoT military applications.

 

Logistics

The effect of IoT on logistics and supply chain management has been huge; industries such as agriculture and healthcare have recently benefited. In terms of military application, the connected sensors and digital analytics that IoT technology offers can be used to track supplies and equipment from their source to where they are needed on the battlefield.

 

Smart bases

Incorporating IoT devices and sensors into military bases can have several positive effects. Automated security screening, for example, increases safety while decreasing manpower, and a network of security cameras connected to their environment via sensors and to a central network via the Internet will also minimize security risks. Smart management of resources – electricity and water for example – will increase the capacity and output of military bases while ensuring that the wellbeing of all individuals inside the base is protected.

 

Data warfare

By collecting data from a wide range of military platforms – including aircraft, weapon systems, ground vehicles, and troops themselves – the military can increase the effectiveness of their intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems. This wealth of information will allow the armed forces to identify key threats faster and with more accuracy.