I gave a talk about the Internet of Things for Defence on 18 November 2014. This is the World's biggest and best IoT meetup - here are my slides and some brief notes.
I started by making the point that this talk was not based upon any privileged information. For a start I don't have access to any and all of this information is available publicly on the internet.
Having been to many IoT events, researched a lot and even had some IoT jobs I gave some examples of things that I felt were 'a bit IoT'. The subtext here was that defence has been doing this for decades.
JTIDS is Joint Tactical Information Distribution System and C4ISR is Command, Control, Communications, Computing Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance.
I used this as an example of connectedness. The graphic on the left is from the 1990s, the one on the right more recent. I pointed out how it was focussed on air related systems in the 90s but now uses more modern 'ICT' approaches to connect all types of platforms, assets and units.
...the last time a new capability was added was due to the invention of flight. Now compare today's generation of fast jets e.g. Typhoon to the first biplane. Our cyber capability is at the biplane stage, imagine how it is changing at today's levels of innovation and invention.
So to recap, those were examples of things that are 'a bit IoT' in Defence. I back this up by saying that these examples use some or all of these IoT technologies. This is necessarily an incomplete and summary view with no detailed explanation - I only had 10 minutes to talk!
The next quote from Estonia's defence minister highlights the inclusion of critical national infrastructure in the defence realm caused by increasing use of the Internet.
That's it. I reiterated that this is all based on easily found public information and that I don't have any classified knowledge behind my talk.
I forgot to shamelessly plug a meetup I created at the beginning of November 2014. IoT for Art & Entertainment is meeting on 3 Dec, 7PM, Royal College of Art.
I've created this blog post to share with the IoT community - please do comment below I'd be very happy to talk further.