14:10 31 May 2017
In recent years, the implementation and employment of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the military have evolved tremendously resulting in parallel changes in the modern battle space and security area. It has gone a long way since the 19th century when hot air balloons were used to administer battle space manoeuvres as regional headquarters are now placing increasing value on real time Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) in dealing with enemies.
IoT is set to further improve the many aspects of military operations. Some IoT devices that have already proven useful include GPS-enabled Blue Force Tracking (BFT) that provides real time tracking and information on friendly forces. It is the equivalent of fleet tracking systems used by airlines and couriers to provide situational awareness to their customers. In the military, such devices can be used to help leaders in making politically or physical dangerous situations.
Another IoT device that is making a big difference in this arena is ALIS, which was deployed to the F-35 fighter fleet and associated maintainers of the US Air Force to better plan and maintain air capabilities.
These examples illustrate how the potential applications of ICT and IoT in the war fighting arena and in improving business practice (resource allocation and cost effectiveness, among others).
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