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Current soldiers are becoming increasingly agile and connected, as result of the Internet of Things (IoT) revolution. The French Ministry of the Armed Forces has been testing performance and relevance of the functional benefits brought about by 4G mobile when used by soldiers.
For this purpose, Atos integrated its Auxylium communication system into an ecosystem of mobile technologies and connected military objects.
The 4G communication, information, and command solution is used by the French armed forces in internal operations and co-developed with the General Directorate for Armament (DGA), to enable interconnection with various partner solutions including those from Airbus DS, FN Herstal, RED Technologies, TCS, and Thales.
According to globenewswire.com, Atos has developed a software suite that ensures a consistent flow of information between the various elements of the Auxylium ecosystem, the heart of which is the Auxylium Kit: a smartphone, PTT (Push To Talk) headphones and a Hélium case, which enables seamless connection to civil and military 4G mobile networks.
Soldiers were able to test assault rifles with connected shot counters, drones which are capable of flying a pre-recorded path, tactile watches that can send an emergency call, and laser sight binoculars. Military operations can be orchestrated from a rugged tablet where the command can follow events and the location of the troops in real-time and give orders within moments.
Among the most innovative services is the wireless communication system, which allows soldiers to continue communication via Auxylium in and out of infantry combat armored vehicles (“on-board and off-board”). A true communications hub on a dedicated military frequency, this solution provides a significant level of protection and is capable of penetrating any type of terrain.