US Arms Probes How Smart City Connectivity Can be Used on the Battlefield

US Arms Probes How Smart City Connectivity Can be Used on the Battlefield

The US Army Research Laboratory (ARL)  is testing IoT (Internet of Things) for the battlefield in smart cities. This is according to a ZDNet report

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The US Army Research Laboratory (ARL)  is testing IoT (Internet of Things) for the battlefield in smart cities.

This is according to a ZDNet report that stated the overall aim is to see if smart city technologies can improve the capabilities of “Internet of Battlefield Things” (IoBT) and military applications where buildings, clustered objects, and walls might otherwise interfere with signals — and, therefore, operations.

Our IoT devices, including mobile phones, smart lights, televisions, and household appliances generate vast amounts of data useful in monitoring and predictive analytics. On the battlefield, the same principles can apply to bases, mobile gadgets, drones, and vehicles including ships and cars.

ARL computer scientist James Michaelis told ZDNet that IoT does not apply only to modern living, but also military bases which are on the way to modernization. As such, understanding the benefits — and limits — of current IoT connectivity protocols is key to refreshing military technologies.

“Army installations […] can be viewed as cities in their own right,” Michaelis told GCN. “Modernizations will likely include smart infrastructure and intelligent systems that operate them.”

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