The Internet of Things (IoT) is an exciting opportunity for the worldwide defense and security industries. On the battlefield, it’s not always viable or practical to put in vulnerable terrestrial infrastructures like towers, gateways and other land-based equipment. Constellations of low-cost nanosatellites can allow awareness and resilient connectivity for vast networks of IoT enabled sensors and devices in any location.
The most challenging future wars for land forces will likely be fought in congested urban environments (CUE). albeit there's existing infrastructure in these locations, it could become damaged, compromised or non-operational. Defense agencies and security providers are looking to adopt new technologies to combat such issues, and IoT devices and nanosatellite connectivity are central to the present approach.
Urban battle sensors
Australia’s Defence Science and Technology (DST) agency has tested the utilization of sensor technology, completing trials as a part of the Contested Urban Environment (CUE) challenge in 2018. The Montreal trial engaged a 250-strong cohort of Canadian, New Zealand, UK, and US defense scientists. Terminals that communicate directly with low earth orbit satellites were deployed, sending messages that included a timestamp, location, and standing.