Last Mile Con­nec­tiv­ity, Key in a Tac­ti­cal Bat­tle Area

SP's MAI - - FRONT PAGE - [ By R. Chan­drakanth ]

For the third con­sec­u­tive year, SP Guide Pub­li­ca­tions is or­gan­is­ing the in­ter­na­tional sem­i­nar on ‘Digi­ti­sa­tion of Bat­tle­field’, this time in as­so­ci­a­tion with the Fed­er­a­tion of In­dian Cham­bers of Com­merce and In­dus­try (FICCI) on Oc­to­ber 27 at the FICCI Au­di­to­rium in New Delhi. In the ear­lier two edi­tions, SP Guide Pub­li­ca­tions had as­so­ci­ated with the Cen­tre for Land War­fare Stud­ies (CLAWS) which had evinced sub­stan­tial in­ter­est from serv­ing of­fi­cers, de­fence in­dus­try and pri­vate multi­na­tional com­pa­nies. This year the in­ter­est gen­er­ated for the up­com­ing event is very en­cour­ag­ing. The sem­i­nar will be in­au­gu­rated by the Min­is­ter of State for De­fence, Rao In­der­jit Singh, and the key­note ad­dress will be de­liv­ered by Lt. Gen­eral Philip Cam­pose, Vice Chief of Army Staff, In­te­grated HQ of the Min­istry of De­fence.

The theme of this year’s sem­i­nar is ‘Ex­tend­ing Net­work Cen­tric­ity to the Last Mile in the Tac­ti­cal Bat­tle Area’. The sem­i­nar aims to an­a­lyse the re­quire­ment of net-cen­tric ca­pa­bil­ity at the na­tional level; ex­am­ine In­dian mil­i­tary’s net-cen­tric war­fare (NCW) ca­pac­ity build­ing; over­view of the Army’s Tac­ti­cal Com­mand, Con­trol, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and In­for­ma­tion (TacC3I) sys­tem; ex­am­ine the con­cept and road map of the Bat­tle­field Man­age­ment Sys­tem (BMS); ex­am­ine space as a force mul­ti­plier in the digi­tised bat­tle­field, etc.

In­di­geni­sa­tion is still a far cry and In­dia has a long way to go in de­vel­op­ing core bat­tle­field tech­nolo­gies. With the new gov­ern­ment led by the Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi giv­ing a fresh fil­lip to the in­di­geni­sa­tion process through the launch of the ‘Make in In­dia’ cam­paign, it is ex­pected that the de­fence in­dus­try will shift gears soon.

The aim of the sem­i­nar is to high­light and re­view the mag­ni­tude and com­plex­ity of the pro­gramme and to out­line the role the in­dus­try could play in as­sist­ing the In­dian Army, given the new en­er­gised eco­nomic re­forms sce­nario in In­dia.

What is digi­ti­sa­tion all about? Ac­cord­ing to Cisco, IP-based net­works pro­vide a plat­form to con­nect ev­ery­thing that flies, drives, walks or sails. Ev­ery mil­i­tary unit is a node on the net­work. A common stan­dards-based in­fra­struc­ture en­ables voice, video, data and mo­bil­ity on one net­work and pro­vides unique global ac­ces­si­bil­ity with the po­ten­tial to reach any­one, any­where, us­ing any com­mu­ni­ca­tions de­vice.

A net­work-cen­tric ap­proach to home­land se­cu­rity and pub­lic safety com­mu­ni­ca­tions en­ables gov­ern­ment agen­cies and dis­as­ter re­sponse or­gan­i­sa­tions to re­spond more ef­fec­tively and ef­fi­ciently to un­pre­dictable chal­lenges. First re­spon­ders and home­land se­cu­rity agen­cies can now per­form se­cure, real-time col­lab­o­ra­tion and surveil­lance while shar­ing in­for­ma­tion across the lo­cal, re­gional and na­tional agen­cies. An in­tel­li­gent net­work en­ables the rapid col­lec­tion, anal­y­sis and dis­tri­bu­tion of voice, video and data traf­fic. Th­ese net­work-cen­tric com­mu­ni­ca­tions and tech­nol­ogy so­lu­tions support es­tab­lished home­land se­cu­rity pri­or­i­ties in their ju­ris­dic­tions, ad­dress­ing is­sues in the ar­eas of pub­lic safety and first re­sponse, pub­lic health, trans­porta­tion and crit­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture pro­tec­tion.

As new chal­lenges and threats con­front the global de­fence, space, home­land se­cu­rity and pub­lic safety sec­tors, more in­tel­li­gent net­works are needed to achieve op­er­a­tional ef­fec­tive­ness and to ef­fi­ciently cope with re­duced bud­gets, staffing and time.

Many gov­ern­ment en­ti­ties have be­gun to de­ploy more mo­bile and ubiq­ui­tous IP-based so­lu­tions that bring the power of the net­work to their re­spec­tive mis­sions, at home or abroad. De­fence, com­mer­cial and civil space or­gan­i­sa­tions are look­ing to com­mer­cial off the shelf (COTS) tech­nolo­gies to re­duce de­ploy­ment time lines and pro­vide next-gen­er­a­tion global ser­vices at re­duced costs. At the lo­cal, re­gional and na­tional lev­els, pub­lic safety agen­cies are fo­cus­ing on over­com­ing the chal­lenges of ra­dio in­ter­op­er­abil­ity and in­for­ma­tion shar­ing across agen­cies with in­com­pat­i­ble sys­tems. They are all also look­ing to im­ple­ment ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies such as sen­sor-based video surveil­lance and seam­less wire­less net­works to ac­com­mo­date rapid in­for­ma­tion shar­ing and real-time col­lab­o­ra­tion.

The net­work en­ables the de­ploy­ment of con­verged tech­nolo­gies that de­liver crit­i­cal in­for­ma­tion to those who need it, when they need it, and how they need it. Stan­dards-based IP net­works can make or­gan­i­sa­tions more re­spon­sive and adapt­able. Com­mer­cial com­pa­nies have mi­grated to IP-based net­works to re­spond to global com­pe­ti­tion and adapt to fast-chang­ing mar­ket de­mands.

SP’s Ed­i­tor-in-Chief & CMD Jayant Baranwal of­fer­ing vote of thanks dur­ing the sem­i­nar on Digi­ti­sa­tion of the Bat­tle­field in 2013; (right) Jay Shah, Se­nior Prin­ci­pal En­gi­neer, DRS Tac­ti­cal Sys­tems speak­ing dur­ing the sem­i­nar on Digi­ti­sa­tion of the Bat­tle­field in 2012.

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