Military IoT Data Network for Military Asset Tracking & Management

UK MoD Completes Capability Assessment Trial of IoT Data Network  

Smarter Technologies’ Orion IoT data network is a low power, ultra-narrow band 433 MHz UHF radio system that can penetrate concrete ammunition bunkers, fuel installations and underground facilities, without affecting equipment By DA Staff / 13 Apr 2023
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Internet-of-Things (IoT) solutions provider Smarter Technologies has concluded a successful capability assessment trial of its asset tracking systems with the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) at HMNB Devonport, with follow-on demonstrations now planned for HMNB Portsmouth and other military establishments. 

Smarter Technologies’ high-value asset tracking capability is multi-functional and uses the unique Orion IoT Data Network technology, which has far greater range, penetration, sample rate, power efficiency and security than most rival systems. 

The Orion IoT data network is a low power, ultra-narrow band 433 MHz UHF radio system that can penetrate concrete ammunition bunkers, large fuel installations and even underground facilities, without affecting munitions, radio systems or sensitive equipment, so is highly suitable for use at naval dockyards, air bases and other military establishments. Its unique properties help to defeat organized crime, and also make the Orion network versatile for a range of other tasks such as routine asset tracking, smart metering or remote monitoring across large military estates and dispersed building complexes. 

The signal is all-but guaranteed and it is rarely affected by dead-spots or range limitations that cause other systems to fail. Its specifications and technical operation are consistent across all regions of the world and it is unaffected by the European channel availability constraints that limit the performance of rival technologies. It is simple, scalable, easily configured and can be deployed rapidly and globally, making it particularly suitable for use in defense operations.

According to Smarter Technologies, the Orion IoT Data Network, and associated tracking tags and sensors, have a proven track record in other sectors: over the last 15 years, it has helped recover over £40 million of stolen assets (including cash), working directly with security firms and supporting regional police Serious Organized Crime Units.

The company’s asset tracking capability has been honed with the expert advice and support of Mark Roche, Head of Global Risk at Smarter Technologies. Roche has over 20 years of direct experience and expertise in the organized crime world, both as a Covert Police Officer in Serious Crime Units, and from his dedicated high-value asset recovery role at Smarter Technologies. 

Using the Orion Network and specialist tracking devices, Smarter Technologies has a 95% recovery rate for high-value assets that have been suitably protected by its system, and the capability is in permanent use with many of the world’s leading security companies. 

Roche’s national recovery rate, using Smarter Technologies’ Orion system, has been recognized with over 15 commendations from various regional Serious Organized Crime Units. His efforts have not only recovered the stolen goods, but the technology has also provided the necessary evidence to ensure arrests and convictions.

“This incredible track record of stolen asset-recovery showcases the asset-tracking effectiveness of our unique Orion IoT Data Network,” said Matt Walker, Product Manager for Orion at Smarter Technologies. “We recently reported on the success of the MoD Devonport trial, which applied Orion’s impressive capabilities to meet the requirements of the Future Maritime Support Program, and we will shortly announce further demonstrations at other MoD establishments. Many thanks to Mark (Roche) and the team for all their hard work and superior skill in helping to defeat organized crime.”

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