Marines Test Real-time Intelligence Dissemination via Smartphones

4 Dec 13

Over the past decade, the military has exponentially increased the amount of battlefield intelligence data it collects via unmanned aerial systems and other platforms. Unfortunately, it hasn’t developed all of the processes it needs to turn that fire hose of data into real-time, actionable information for small units of warfighters on the ground, according to Federal News Radio.

 “We want to be able to deliver relevant content quickly to lower-echelon operators, and at the same time we want to prevent the information overload problem by not providing them information they’re not interested in while they’re fighting,” John Moniz, the Agile Bloodhound program manager at ONR said in an interview with Federal News Radio. “Another big difference is at the higher echelons they’re very well connected, similar to what you might expect from the commercial Internet. When you get to the company-level and below, we’re doing everything wireless, and it’s not with the robust infrastructure we have in the cellular phone system.”

Here at Push Technology, we don’t proactively sell into the defence sector. But, reading this article, it struck me that regardless of what business you are in, or what communications network you use, the most fundamental issues always boil down to three key things: speed, relevance and accuracy. Or, more simply put, getting the right data, to the right people at the right time.

From bespoke military networks through to Tetra and commercial cellular networks, providing real-time data means moving an incredible volume of data across your network. This can slow down performance, eat up critical bandwidth and cost the earth in terms of infrastructure.

Yet, this information can be critical to users. If we take this military example, they may wish to analyze images to detect enemy movements, or send and receive video footage as part of their intelligence gathering. However, these types of data files are large, and moving them across busy data networks can be challenging.

The other problem, quite rightly pointed out by Mr Moniz, is about relevance. It’s important that users only receive the data they actually want or need, because they don’t have the time, resource or inclination to scroll through reams of irrelevance to get to what they need. On the front line, this might mean the difference between life and death. In the commercial world, this is usually what makes the difference in the battle to win the hearts, minds of customer spending.

This is why polling technologies are dead and ‘intelligent’ data distribution is spiraling. By employing software that only sends the latest, most relevant update across the network, bandwidth consumption is greatly reduced, speed and performance are massively improved and the user experience becomes highly optimized.


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