Battlefield decisions have to be lightning quick. Thanks to Cisco and Intel, special operations forces can now have more information at their fingertips for making those judgment calls.

At this year’s Special Operations Forces Industry Conference, we presented a groundbreaking demonstration that highlights the future of low-cost sensors over a low-powered network. Cisco’s innovations around low-powered networks allows for secure bi-directional communications specifically designed for IoT-based devices. Cisco, teamed with Intel’s edge technology, enables soldiers to take advantage of data on the edge to make real-time decisions.

Download: Intel Business Brief: Smarter Special Forces, May 2017

Some of the examples we demonstrated at SOFIC included:

  • Wearables that recognize gestures, activity (such a running, jumping, laying prone), and biometric data;
  • Vibration monitoring that can identify movements of vehicles and other equipment along a specified route;
  • Chemical sensors that can detect gases and communicate to handheld devices to map the impacted area and project the overall impact of the spreading chemical.

Cisco also demonstrated the Firepower Next-Generation firewall (NGFW) which is the industry’s first fully integrated, threat focused NGFW. Cisco Stealthwatch leverages flow telemetry to provide real-time continuous monitoring and pervasive views into all network traffic. This technology is a key component in the Cyber Security strategy available from Cisco to enable your SOC to have a real-time view of the cyber battlefield.

In the data center, Cisco demonstrated the value of the Cisco Hyperflex (HX) system that combines compute, storage and networking in a single, easy-to-use platform. This solution is great for the edge to provide edge computing power for large data sets and high demand applications that need to be provided at the tactical edge without worrying about a low-speed or possibly comprised backhaul link.

Finally, Cisco demonstrated the power of Cisco’s Jabber solution. Jabber allows users to collaborate via chat, voice or video in an individual or multi-person conference. Coupled with presence features, Jabber shows you the status of the individuals you want to contact and have the flexibility to connect with them in a variety of ways whether they are out on the edge or back at headquarters.

If you missed any of these demos, please reach out to us to schedule some time to meet with your Cisco team to discuss how these solutions can help you solve your mission critical initiatives.


Chris Ericksen

Product Sales Specialist

Data Center / Virtualization