BATTLEFIELD IoT NETWORKS
THE PROBLEM: Natural disasters, humanitarian crises, and war create environments that combine a lack of available data pathways with an immediacy of need for reliable communications and data intelligence. Without an ability to communicate and pass data as intelligence, logistics and information flow can cripple decision making during times of crisis. Recent natural disasters and armed conflicts throughout the world have left huge populations without the ability to communicate, making recovery and military data collection efforts difficult. When cell phone networks go down, they can take months or even years to repair. Militaries must bring their own sensors & data pathways for security reasons, but sensor data does not usually reach the operator on the ground. Instead, data intelligence normally stops at the platform level and must be manually relayed to troops at the forward edge, creating a lag in decision making and opportunity for enemy combatants. In order to shorten the kill chain and provide first responders and military personnel with an overmatch advantage, sensor ecosystems must be democratized and available to the lowest echelons of command – creating a “Battlefield of Things®” to inform and empower small units to control much larger areas through a common intelligence picture.
THE FENIX GROUP SOLUTION
Fenix Group’s Battlefield of Things (BoT) sensor ecosystem concept holds that allied militaries must prepare to face near peer competition where adversarial forces are directly aligned with local industry. COTS technology enables even non state actors to field huge numbers of extremely low-cost indigenous sensors, drones, and munitions. In order to counter this threat, friendly forces must shift away from extremely expensive, proprietary sensors that cannot communicate with individual troops on the ground, and instead focus on data pathways and low cost sensor ecosystems to provide multi-int “single pane of glass” intelligence pictures accessible by those who need it most – maneuver elements at the edge.
Fenix Group's Battlefield Edge Networks are designed to provide for mission critical services at the edge, mitigating reliance on satellite communications, cloud based services, or higher echelon command data networks. By integrating multi-modal communications systems and edge computing into a single device, Fenix Group's patented edge networks provide for highly available, survivable, and secure broadband (up to 300mbps) edge networks capable serving hundreds of users per node. Each edge network is also capable of meshing to other nodes over a "meshed-hub-and-spoke" network architecture. Further, our edge networks provide for a virtual "play store" like environment for mission critical services.