Can Defence, Law Enforcement and First Responders benefit from IoT?

Internet of Things or IoT is the exciting new technology that is taking the world by the storm.

IoT is a network of different connected devices and sensors which transmit important data to a central Edge computer solution or a Cloud Platform which then analyses it and allows companies to take important decisions based on that analysis. IoT is found useful in almost all the industries and all types of companies all over the world. With applications ranging from smart cities to better transportation systems and oil and gas industry to healthcare, IoT is truly transforming the world we are living in. Now different private and government organizations are exploring the use of this technology in defence, law enforcement, and first responders and it comes as no surprise that IoT holds enormous potential in these fields too. From stronger defence system to faster and more reliable law enforcement services IoT can help in making the world a safer place.

IoT applications in the defence and first responder are very widespread. This article will discuss some of these applications to give you a fair idea of the potential this technology holds in this field.

Police:
There is a lot of potential for IoT applications in the police department. From more efficient criminal records to better and more efficient police chases the integration of IoT in the police force will definitely give you an enhanced version of police. With all the patrolling vehicles of any particular area centrally connected they can rely on each other and quickly transmit the location of any emergency to other vehicles or call for back up. This technology will also make police chases more effective because officers will be aware of the location of other officers. With a centralized criminal record system, police officers will be well aware of the criminal history of any person the moment they arrest them. Another application of IoT related to the police department is a network of different gunshot sensors to immediately report crisis and alert local authorities. According to some reports homicides in North Carolina have decreased by 20% after installation of these sensors.

Medics:
IoT has also been successful in finding its applications in emergency medical services. The medics who will be responding to any emergency will be able to easily access the electronic patient care records of any individual if they are connected to the central computer through any device. With the help of these records, they will have a better understanding of the patients’ medical history and they will be able to respond accordingly. Another advantage of IoT will be that ambulances will be able to easily and quickly transmit the condition of the patient to the nearest hospital and the hospital can prepare more accurate in advance for the patient’s arrival.

Fire Fighters:
If all the fire fighters and fire stations in the area are connected through a centrally administered system they will be able to respond to any emergency more quickly and in an efficient way. This technology can also be used to keep a look on different statistics such as a number of working vehicles and about the status and condition of different fire trucks. By making a central database of building plans and areas in the city that contain materials that are more likely to catch fire firefighters can prepare for any emergency in advance.

Defence:
Most of the modern military operations are conducted in a complex environment and mostly in coalition with other forces. Another important feature of modern warfare is the crippling time pressure. In such scenarios obtaining critical information on time is one of the most crucial tasks and can be the difference between a successful and a failed mission. By making the military equipment with high processing and communication capabilities we can ensure better communication and information sharing between different groups of the army. This equipment can play the role of sensors and actuators in the overall military information system. According to a Business Insider report, 88% of the total spending on sensors is being done by defence agencies. This figure how quickly agencies are adopting IoT in their operations.

Conclusion:
Integration of IoT in defence and law enforcements is full of challenges and risks. With a large number of connected devices, a major issue is the security risk vs. releasing the full value of the insights provided by the data. Hackers and cybercriminals are always on the lookout for weak links in these systems and any leak in such information can have massive consequences. Nevertheless, by making more secure systems and highly efficient computing devices these issues can be resolved. By using IoT based applications in our defence, law enforcement and first responders we can definitely make a stronger and more functional force which can have massive advantages for the general public.