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Asset Tracking Technology Provided for UK Army Operation

Smarter Technologies’ Orion asset-tracking technology supported the UK Army Logistics throughout Operation LINOTYPER, providing real-time data insight, enhancing situational awareness, and contributing to a robust common operating picture By William Mackenzie / 13 Jun 2024
Asset Tracking Technology Provided for UK Army Operation
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Smarter Technologies Group (STG), a leading British provider of cloud-hosted Internet-of-Things (IoT) solutions, has continued its support to Army Logistics with a deployment of its Orion asset-tracking technology on Operation LINOTYPER.

STG set out to use IoT data to enrich the Recognized Logistics Picture, with reliable, relevant and timely management information. The company state that testing the Orion capability on real-world operations is important for the Army, allowing them to evaluate the benefits of Orion, refine its future requirements, and drive the digital transformation of logistics to achieve Support Advantage.

Over the course of LINOTYPER 24, STG built upon IRON TITAN 23 to provide real-time data insight to commanders and staff across the logistics enterprise, enhance situational awareness, and contribute to a robust common operating picture.

As well as tracking mission-critical items through the supply system, sense and warn capabilities were employed to support the emerging concept of digital supply areas.  

Automated overwatch provided remote assurance and triggered alerts and notifications for appropriate response. This resulted in timely and targeted intervention to incidents, optimizing the employment of troops, allowing greater logistic dispersion and enhancing survivability without compromising security.

Additional highlights of the operation included:

  • The powerful integration of IoT sense and warn devices on the ground.
  • Mission-configurable and remotely accessible user interface dashboards at command-and-control nodes.
  • Surveillance drones used to investigate alerts and notifications.
  • Quick reaction forces on quad bikes, able to deploy rapidly and efficiently to address security incidents in the divisional support area.

Operation LINOTYPER 24 was the UK’s contribution to STEADFAST DEFENDER 24 (SD24), NATO’s largest maneuvers since the cold war, with over 90,000 troops deployed across Europe from all 32 NATO countries. STG assert that SD24 was a demonstration of the Alliance’s unity, strength and determination against a rising threat, and the UK has deployed over 16,000 troops since January 2024. 

Smarter Technologies has extensive experience of high-value asset-tracking in the commercial sector and worked closely with Army Logistics, 101 Operational Support Brigade and 27 Regiment RLC on Exercise IRON TITAN 23, demonstratring the benefits of automated asset-tracking at second line.

That collaboration now extends across boundaries, to include 104 Theatre Support Brigade and 9 Regiment RLC at third line, and maneuver brigades at first line. 10 The Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment have also been key partners, STG adds.

Mark Read, STG’s Chief Executive, commented; “We’re very proud to work with our Armed Forces, to help their digital transformation, support them to maximize their operational effectiveness and ensure the right logistic supplies get to the right place at the right time.  

“Our unique Orion Data Network capability is deployed across all the Services, in home-base locations, and LINOTYPER proves its value in deployed environments too, wherever our troops are required to operate.”

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