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Riding on current breakthroughs in Internet-of-Things (IoT) technologies, DSTA has developed innovative solutions to manage facilities, utilities and workshop operations for selected military camps.

IoT is one of the most significant enablers of the Fourth Industrial Revolution as it allows substantial data to be collected from dispersed systems in a cost-effective manner. By exploiting data, insights can be uncovered to develop more impactful solutions.

To accelerate the deployment of IoT solutions, DSTA engineered a sandbox, providing various project teams with an infrastructure to test and validate IoT technologies. As part of the sandbox infrastructure, sensors were preconfigured into a catalogue based on common use cases. Upon identifying the use case scenario and the data needed, which can come from the dispersed systems at their respective sites, users can deploy suitable preconfigured sensors from the catalogue and start collecting sensor data.

To suit different deployment scenarios, the sensors network was designed to offer a range of connectivity options covering short-range and wide-area connectivity. To complete the sandbox infrastructure, a device management platform as well as visualisation tools were incorporated to allow users to view and manage their devices and data centrally.

For a more holistic approach, the team tapped subject matter experts from relevant domains in DSTA to develop IoT security guidelines. This enabled project teams to manage security requirements of IoT solutions more coherently. Tiered levels of baseline security controls were devised for sensors, gateways and connectivity patterns to cater for different deployment scenarios and data classifications.