Military IoT Data Network for Military Asset Tracking & Management

The Power of IoT Smart Technologies for Military Operations

Smarter Technologies explore how Internet of Things (IoT) smart technologies, connected via LPWAN data networks like Orion, The Real-Time Data Network™, are transforming military operations and the wider defense sector Feature Article by Smarter Technologies
The Power of IoT Smart Technologies for Military Operations
Follow DA

Internet-of-Things (IoT) solutions provider Smarter Technologies discusses the benefits of using IoT smart technologies, connected via LPWAN data networks like Orion, The Real-Time Data Network™, for military applications and operations. The company details its extensive deliveries of IoT technologies for the defense sector, and how it continues to build on successful trials for smart technology services.


As an area of heightened national interest, the defense sector faces unique pressures to optimize support operations, meet net carbon zero targets and save money, whilst honing warfighting capabilities. Globally, militaries need technology to modernize, and are looking to digitally-enabled transformation to help them adapt for operations of the future and achieve defense & security goals.

The unique characteristics of Internet of Things (IoT) smart technologies, connected via LPWAN data networks like Orion, The Real-Time Data Network™, give them versatility that is well-matched to the military’s needs and operating environments – whether complementing existing solutions or in the development and digitalization of new assets and facilities.

Smarter Technologies has been working closely with the Royal Navy, Army and Royal Airforce to address immediate capability gaps and help unlock the potential of smart technologies for digitally-enabled transformation.

Celebrating a Year of Going Strong for Defense
As the company has reported over the last year, Smarter Technologies has delivered IoT trials, capability demonstrations and contracted services at naval bases (HMNB Devonport and HMNB Portsmouth), air stations (RAF Brize Norton and Lakenheath) and Army exercises (Exercise Iron Titan).

These demonstrations proved the versatility, flexibility, deployability, ease of use and operational advantage that IoT solutions provide. Smarter Technologies are working with defense primes to accelerate its growth and the benefits the company delivers to users and partners.

Smarter Technologies’ sensors, actuators and tags, connect bases and assets to its network can:

  • Improve safety and security
  • Inform operational management
  • Empower strategic decision-making with reliable, objective, relevant and timely data

Smart Solutions in Action
Over the past 12 months, Smarter Technologies Group has built upon its successful IoT smart technologies trial at HMNB Devonport, sponsored by the Future Maritime Support Programme at DE&S, to deliver a growing range of contracted secure cloud-based SaaS services at HMNB Portsmouth.

The company has upgraded its long-standing capability at RAF Brize Norton, and has demonstrated the value of using Orion to meet the evolving home-base and deployed operational demands of the British Army in the land environment.

Orion, The Real-Time Data Network™ is an end-to-end enterprise solution for managing assets intelligently. It provides:

  • Location tracking
  • Data capture
  • Status and usage monitoring
  • Sense and warn
  • Smart building functions to support energy efficiency and water hygiene management

It is low cost, readily deployable, retrofittable, and easily configurable. It provides superior coverage, including in remote or austere locations. The solution presents management information via user-configured and cloud-hosted dashboards, which are remotely and securely accessible from anywhere at any time. The network also offers full visibility of diverse asset holdings across large or complex estates, and the decision-support insight for effective mission success.

Simply locating and accounting for assets is traditionally labour-intensive, time-consuming, and costly. Smarter Technologies has delivered 66% efficiency savings, over physical checks, to the RAF and to the Royal Navy. Comparable benefits are possible for operational process improvement, energy efficiency and automated compliance, to mitigate risk, save on costs, drive strategy and deliver on performance contracts. Advanced analytics, such as with digital twins, add further value with objective data on asset management, scheduling, performance and return on investment.

For environmental benchmarks and safety requirements that are governed by regulation, IoT smart technologies provide assurance and enable sustainability or compliance roadmaps to be managed effectively. Data capture and analysis sits at the heart of digitally enabled transformation, whether of asset management, operational efficiency, mission assurance, environmental sustainability, or regulatory compliance. It opens a world of opportunity for defense, in the base and on deployment.

To learn more, contact Smarter Technologies: Visit Website Send Message View Supplier Profile
Posted by William Mackenzie Connect & Contact
More from Smarter Technologies