ARL continues IoBT research with LoRaWAN testing

Lauren Saccone reports for InCompliance that Army Research Labs (ARL) is examining how smart city technology can play a role in IoBT intelligence gathering and in communication with those in the field.  ARL is primarily concerned with urban environments with high levels of sensor data and communication technologies as they test the capabilities of IoBT work to discern and disseminate crucial information to soldiers on the ground.  To test these theories, the Army is testing Long Range Wide Area Networks (LoRaWan) as a way to enhance the ability to transmit and receive data in urban environments.  Further research into LoRaWAN could have far reaching consequences for modern warfare in urban environments.

IoBT contributes to Army Study of Smart Cities

Army Research Labs reports that research into leveraging smart cities is essential for for modern warfare and soldier application.  The work of IoBT is essential for understanding and implementing the data collected by civilian and government networks of sensors, including environmental monitoring and traffic flow optimization as data points to extract useful information.  Researchers at ARL (Army Research Labs), along with IoBT researchers, are looking to sensor heavy urban environments to study and implement sensor networks that are useful for government, warfare, and civilian applications.  Dr. James Michaelis, ARL computer scientist, notes, “For IoBT systems to successfully utilize commercial IoT assets with minimal mission risk, expanded knowledge becomes necessary on the reliability and interoperability of commercial IoT protocols in urban environments.”

New army tool for battle: disruptive tech reports that Philip Perconti, the US Army Research Lab director, spoke at the SPIE Defense & Commercial Sensing (DCS) conference about the importance of research collaboration with top universities.  The development of the Internet of Battlefield Things is of paramount importance to the Army of the future, explained the director of ARL.  Research will focus on multi-domain command and control as ARL and their research collaborators focus on a constantly changing digital topography and heterogenous machine learning environments.

Piecing Together the Future Battlefield with Mosaic Warfare

Philip Perconti, Ph.D., director at the U.S. Army Research Lab was interviewed by Photonics Media before the SPIE’s Defense and Commercial Sensing Conference.  Dr. Perconti explains, “IoBT is a collaborative research program with university and government partners designed to bring together multiple disciplines to understand, predict, adapt, and exploit the enormous collection of networked devices that are, and will be, available.”  The concept of “mosaic warfare” explains the need for information from digital networks as an exceptional piece of the command and control puzzle modern commanders face as they combine information from unmanned and manned systems in changing warfare scenarios.

Adversarial machine learning

IoBT researchers Dr. Ananthram Swami and Dr. Brian Jalaian explain how their work with  AI and deep neural networks is helping to solve the problem of adversarial network attacks for IoBT functionality.  An article from Signal Magazine provides more information about how ARL is conducting research into adversarial machine learning and explores how the Army of the future is being developed by IoBT researchers now.

Internet of Battlefield Things Transforms Combat

The Wall Street Journal published an interview with Dr. Alexander Kott, Chief Scientist of Army Research Labs (ARL) based on their “The Future of Everything” podcast.  Dr. Kott is credited as the inventor of the term “Internet of Battlefield Things.”  In the interview, he explains how the Internet of Battlefield Things has revolutionized ARL’s research agenda and cites some future directions for IoBT research for Army applications.  He cites the development of AI as a turning point for warfare and explains the need for further exploration of AI in combat settings as an issue of trust for soldiers and researchers.

IoT Podcast with Tarek Abdelzaher

Professor Abdelzaher is interviewed about the interdisciplinary nature of IoBT for the IoT podcast by Mike Green.  Dr. Adbelzaher and Mike discuss deep learning AI applications and  how social media and other public modalities can provide IoT possibilities for future applications, including military applications.  Dr. Abdelzaher explains how IoBT research is meeting unique mission goals through cutting-edge research.

SIGNAL on Internet of Warfare

Today’s battlefield is highly technical and dynamic. We are not only fighting people and weapons but also defending and attacking information at light speed. For mission success, the American warrior in the field and commanders up the chain need the support of highly adaptive systems that can quickly and securely establish reliable communications and deliver real-time intelligence anytime and anywhere.

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IoBT and Network Modernization

“The internet of battlefield things will depend on modernized networks,” says C4ISRNet in an issue of Defense Network of Tomorrow. Military planners envision a future battlefield defined by the internet of things, one in which smart devices, soldier-worn sensors and unmanned aircraft produce a nonstop torrent of actionable data. In this near-future war space, “current, commonly available, interconnected ‘things’ will exist in the battlefield and be increasingly intelligent, obfuscated, and pervasive,” according to Army documents. The promised wellspring of new ISR data “requires connectivity and security,” said Mike Leff, vice president for global defense at AT&T Public Sector. “You need a robust network to give you that competitive advantage on the battlefield.” Military leaders back this assessment. Eager as they are to cull ISR data from an IoT-rich environment, they say they need a modernized network infrastructure to support that capability.

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