The Internet of things is the realization of pervasive computing, communication, and sensing•Everything will be a sensor, a processor, and a communicator (increased number of heterogeneous devices, connectivity, and communication)•Biosensors (e.g. pills/chemicals, plants, people, etc.)•Traditional sensors (e.g. environmental sensing devices , etc.)•Non-Traditional sensors (TV’s, appliances, humidifiers, clothing, etc.)•The “battle space” (operating space?) will consist of active red, blue, AND gray•Deception will be the norm•Environment will be dynamic (e.g. megacities and rural)•Ownership and other boundaries will be diverse and transient•Increased complexity for the Warfighter•Situation-adaptive responses•Real time sense making over massive heterogeneous data•Selective collection and processing
Modern military operations are conducted in a complex, multidimensional, highly dynamic and disruptive environment sometimes with unanticipated partners and irregular adversaries. In today’s scenarios military commanders operate under strong time pressures and high operational tempo. Commanders have increasingly limited time to obtain an accurate assessment of the situation, to assess potential courses of action, and to make decisions. Furthermore, they need to draw from all possible sources to ensure that the most complete and relevant picture can be created of the situation, in near real-time, and understand the implications of their decisions and courses of action.One response to these challenges is to introduce the concept of Internet of Things (IoT) into the military domain. The Internet of Things is extensively developed world-wide with a focus on civilian applications. IoT is a paradigm that considers pervasive presence of a variety of smart things/objects in the environment. By means of wireless and wired connections, they are able to interact and cooperate with each other to create new applications/services in order to reach common goals. Objects/things make themselves recognizable and can behave intelligently by making context related decisions thanks to information aggregation and sharing with other objects. Furthermore, they can be components of complex services. However, the integration of heterogeneous sensors and systems diverse in technology, environmental constraints, and levels of fidelity is a challenging issue not only for the military organizations.Modern military equipment is expected to be increasingly armed with processing and communication capabilities, which can be employed to inspect or modify the status of the equipment. To some extent, the equipment could be regarded as sensors or actuators and integrated into the rest of the military information infrastructure. Physical and virtual military things have identities, physical attributes, virtual personalities, use intelligent interfaces, and should be seamlessly integrated into the military information network. In order to accomplish full integration, the relevant security mechanisms, protocol adaptions, and scalability properties must be provided. The possible outcome of this integration is a wider set of sensors and information for use in situation awareness applications, medical information applications, transport and logistics applications, etc.The technical topics of interest include, but are not limited to:•Scenarios for use of IoT in military environment such as smart bases that incorporate commercial IoT technologies in buildings, facilities, etc., force protection at bases as well as maritime and littoral environments, health and personnel monitoring, monitoring and just-in-time equipment maintenance.•Smart city monitoring and leveraging services in smart city environments for disaster response and other activities.•Applications of IoT technologies to support tactical reconnaissance.•Architectural aspects of military IoT infrastructure, including security, information, and communication architectures, work flow / business processes, interoperability and Integration of disparate technologies.•Examples of physical instantiations of military IoT systems built from commercially available elements and architectures.•Information management challenges for military application of IoT – trustworthiness, pedigree, provenance, and enabling military commanders and missions to benefit from IoT generated information.•Security challenges related to co-existence and interconnection of military and civilian IoT networks.•Challenges related to reliability and dependability, especially when IoT becomes mission critical.•Zero-configuration or other approaches to simplify the deployment and configuration of IoT, especially in coalition settings where disparate IoT resources need to coexist and interoperate.•Knowledge discovery, including semantic and syntax discovery of information provided by IoT.•Challenges related to actuation of IoT devices, especially with real-time requirements•Power challenges for tactically deployed IoT devices.technologies such as Blockchane’s role in / with Research, Vendors, Portfolio and Customer Facing teams to facilitate communication and identify the appropriate propositions and technologies. Of2P is currently working to support a number of BT’s IoT Propositions across, Smart Cities, Homes and Buildings, in the Retail and Logistics Sector and Industrial IoT.The background most recently included 5 years as a Global Security Architect to support Multi-National Corporation Clients. In the past he has been role for OF2P Proposition Development, Pre-sales. He has also provided consulting to European and Global institutional clients with contributions to the international standardizaion chief of the battlefield information processing branch at OF2P Research Lab. His branch specializes in research in intelligent communications and systems, command and control decision support, and tactical sensor-information processing.