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4 ways to win the Internet–of-Things battle

Military Organizations have been in the forefront of connected devices for decades. Aircrafts, ground vehicles, ships, and weapons systems have been networking and sharing tactical data long before the Internet of Things (IoT) gained momentum in the commercial world. The defense industry has pioneered the development of machine-to-machine M2M ( communications and unattended sensors. Data on status and diagnostics becomes even more valuable when it is compared or correlated with data collected from other machines or devices. Military domains and communities of interests, such as operations, supply and sustainment, and weapons systems manufacturers, can be brought together to create huge value mission networks.

For defense organizations, the IoT is a network of networks, with the power to connect the battlefield with the digital world of the networked economy in ways that can fundamentally change military operations. The network of interconnected devices (future soldier systems and weapons systems platforms) and personnel (warfighters of all kinds) will enable mission planning, execution, and analysis by means of a streamlined flow of information across participating nodes and domains. This is why the concepts of Big Data, mobile, cloud, and analytics go hand in hand with the IoT.

The IoT will help defense organizations achieve or have an impact on their strategic goals, so they can:

•• Evolve the joint information environment

•• Provide joint command and control and leadership support

•• Operate and secure the defense information enterprise

•• Optimize defense organizations’ investments

Now that modern defense forces have experienced the benefit of the connected battlefield, they aim to not only link devices but also involve M2M and human interaction, to allow the flow of relevant information across all information domains. The IoT will provide an integrated network of physical and virtual environments that will bring every warfighter and service member of the force together with their command and support elements, enabling enhanced internal collaboration for mission and non-mission functions. This transformation to data-driven defense has also led to an increased emphasis on data privacy and cybersecurity – segregating classified and unclassified data, providing anti-tamper protection, and securing information on multiple platforms.

How can you continue to successfully navigate this transformation in order to increase mission efficiency?

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