RFID and IoT Technology: Improving Military and Defense Applications from End to End

In the military, efficiency is critical. However, with increasing pressure to perform, respond, and adapt quickly to unknown situations, there is an urgency to improve operations at every level.

From logistics to asset tracking to managing daily life on the ground, RFID and IoT have become an indispensable tool in the DoD arsenal.

Some of the ways that RFID and IoT support our troops include:

Vital data improves safety, accuracy, and efficiency in combat

Driven by wearables and a host of connected devices, real-time analytics are enhancing safety and efficiency on the battlefield. Ships, aircraft, tanks, drones, personnel, and entire bases are fully connected, improving response time and reducing risk by a significant margin.

Soldiers can be located and managed with pinpoint accuracy using a combination of biometric and location-based technology. These tools help to minimize catastrophic injury while improving recovery efforts in the field. Additionally, combatants can be instantly identified, lending strategic advantage in combat situations.

Driving cost savings and visibility in the supply chain

The logistics industry at large is one of the earliest adopters of IoT and RFID solutions. In military and defense applications, its value is quite literally connected to lifesaving operations. From assuring that supplies, food, fuel, and weaponry reach its destination to eliminating loss due to human error, missions run on target while reducing costs.

With massive volumes of supplies on the move at any given time, tracking logistics in the military has always been a challenge. Today, more than any other time in history, the DoD is under pressure to respond quickly to threats. Every system has to work perfectly in order to ensure a successful mission.

Much like RFID and IoT supports retail operations in managing their inventory, it also helps the military maximize its resources, reduce overstocks, and avoid potentially dangerous understocks of vital supplies.

Accuracy and efficiency are crucial, no matter what the task. RFID tags and IoT sensors combine with automated data delivery systems, ensuring that a soldier’s time won’t be wasted chasing errors. Goods and supplies arrive at their destination reliably, not only supporting processes and strengthening our troops but also resulting in significant savings to the taxpaying public.

Smart bases increase safety and reduce costs

Connected military bases offer a long list of benefits. Probably the most apparent advantage is security. Leveraging IoT and RFID, screening is far more accurate and can be automated to reduce the burden on personnel.

For example, sensors that track biomarkers provide greater accuracy in identifying soldiers entering a militarized zone. Sensors that monitor resources like water and electricity can reduce operational costs and improve the wellbeing of personnel on the base.

To the future: a safer, more efficient, and cost-effective military

In a concerted effort to improve military efficiency, reduce costs, and protect our most precious assets, RFID and IoT are proving to be an indispensable partner in the battle for national security.

To learn more about IoT and RFID and what these technologies can do for you, reach out today.

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Jim Donaldson

Jim is the Sr. Director of Corporate Communications at Mojix, Inc., a leading provider of ITEM LEVEL intelligence solutions to the retail and industrial markets. Jim has more than 30 years experience working for both start-up and public technology companies.

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