Essentially, DARPA is chasing intelligent systems that can process and extract only relevant data, McGregor said. The sensors will need edge processing capabilities where they can analyze data immediately and trash irrelevant information. These sensors and systems won't be able to cross-reference larger data repositories on the cloud.
McGregor likened the intelligent sensors and systems to autonomous cars, which sometimes have to make immediate driving decisions by evaluating a situation based on data collected by sensors. Some autonomous car control decisions have to be made in real-time, leaving no time to access the cloud for help.
Commercial IoT installations are increasingly using edge processing to sniff out irrelevant information. Only relevant information is sent for further analysis.
To achieve its goals, DARPA needs better control over how it uses the radio spectrum. The agency is looking for the development of new types of sensors that could keep "warfighters informed as they never have been before," DARPA said.
Location-tracking helps warfighters and drones hit targets with amazing accuracy. The new sensors could supplement GPS and its successor technology.
Controlling the spectrum ensures a smooth flow of IoT data and jams enemy communications, McGregor said.
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