US Army tests IoT for the battlefield in smart cities
The US Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is investigating how smart city connectivity and infrastructure can be used on the battlefield.
Headquartered in Adelphi, Maryland, the research laboratory has been testing long-range wide-area network (LoRaWAN), the protocol often deployed in smart cities to bring together Internet of Things (IoT) devices and sensors in dense, urban areas.
As reported by GCN, 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.
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