Home' Defence Magazine : Defence Magazine Issue 2, 2108 Contents “Australian Army anticipates that such environ-
ments are characterised by being crowded, connected,
collective, lethal and constrained.”
The focus of CUE 17 was to investigate emerging
technologies that could enhance intelligence, surveil-
lance and reconnaissance capabilities of tactical land
forces in future contested urban environments.
“CUE 18 continued this focus with a particu-
lar emphasis on technologies that can enhance our
understanding of the operating context, such as
through pattern of life analysis,” Justin says.
CUE 18 had three guiding operational contexts.
The first, which overlapped with CUE 17, was area
denial, which sought to prevent adversaries from
accessing space under the control of forces.
The other context was pre-entry sensing, which
used various assets to focus on intelligence, surveil-
lance and reconnaissance capabilities to inform the
planning of missions and mobility support, which
involves supporting the mobility of land forces when
operating in urban environments through providing
small platforms including light vehicles.
Justin says the key success of CUE 17 was real-
ising effective integration between the technologies
contributed by the various TTCP members.
“An unexpected outcome of the CUE 17 trial was
the extent to which unresolved integration challenges
were successfully addressed by the researchers and
technologists during the trial.
The level of integration achieved surpassed
While the objective of technological integration
was achieved between the TTCP members, it was
apparent that better communication was needed with
the operators on the ground to reduce their workloads
and streamline their decision-making by avoiding
“Unless you are actually able to curate or distil
that information in ways that are readily consumable
by a warfighter, then you’ve only really started your
journey of addressing that challenge of how do we
actually deliver useful intelligence, surveillance and
reconnaissance information to a warfighter,” Justin
Justin explains how in CUE 18, the focus there-
fore shifted to “developing analytic capabilities that
have the potential to reduce the workload of the oper-
ator, of the consumer of the information”.
In practice, this means finding ways to automat-
ically filter information in a way that can be readily
used by the warfighter on the ground.
Meanwhile, back at home, the CUE 2107 trial
in Adelaide was the national winner for profession-
al services at the Australian Project Management
Achievement Awards. The award was given to DST
and the Ground Effects Consulting company and it
also won the South Australian category for profes-
sional services and project of the year.
ANYWHERE there is a sensor that can
measure something, information can
get uploaded and shared. This, says Dr
Christine Shanahan, is in essence how the
Internet of Things works.
“One easy example being used in
so called ‘smart cities’ is where you can
look at what parking spaces are available
before you drive into a city or to a
supermarket,” Christine says.
“ There is a sensor measuring that, it’s
looking to see if the parking place is free
or not and it’s putting that information up
on the internet and you as a user can go
and find that information.”
Christine says in coming years it
is anticipated people will become
connected to lots of sensors
throughout their working and home life
“ There are lots of examples and the
reason the commercial sector cares so
much is because there are huge industries
out there like forestry where it’s worth
them knowing the rate at which each tree
is growing, so you put a sensor on a tree
and the sensor logs the information and
sends it back to the company using it.
“ They can then check with the
Bureau of Meteorology which puts all
the information about environmental
conditions out there and you can digest
all of that and look at whether that
affected your trees.”
Christine says this sort of emerging
technology could translate extremely well
to the military environment and led her
to look at the Internet of Military Things
DST has partnered with a company
called Myriota, which is a global leader
in cube-satellite internet of things
technology, to develop the IoMT.
“ We started from scratch. Myriota
had an IoT capability and I wanted to do
something in the military space to aid
situational awareness for a commander,”
“So we grew the program from
there. Myriota already had an ability to
communicate with their satellites, but
it has not yet developed a terrestrial
network – that is the Wi-Fi network that
we used in Montreal.
“It was a new thing to create the micro
gateway which moves our data for us
terrestrially to keep it all very small and
Christine says the next steps in the
evolution of the IoMT is to undertake
interfacing of the terminals with a variety
of sensors in a ‘plug and play’ type format.
“ This allows the military to tailor the
data terminals to collect the data they
want for their situational awareness,”
“It will be possible to seed hundreds of
terminals across the battlespace to collect
a variety of data.”
on a macro scale
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