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importance — and especially when combined with the use of innovative life-saving products like the polymer-filled pouches Aurora Flight Sciences developed to quickly halt bleeding. The key to success will be speed: speed of detection, communication, and ultimately, care.
However, adding systems to already-overburdened dismounted soldiers poses its own problem. In 2016, the Marine Corps Times reported that infantry officers are expected to carry up to 152 pounds for 9.3 miles at a three mile-per-hour pace, which many people argue is already unrealistic. So, military device designers and interconnect manufacturers are currently working to develop solutions that will allow soldiers to leverage new technologies like IoBT wearables to improve connectivity, mission success, and safety without further increasing soldiers’ pack weights.
     The Fischer FreedomTM Series LP360TM connector was especially designed for harsh-environment body-worn applications.
Fischer Connectors is amongst several leading connector and cable manufacturers working to overcome the challenge of adding capabilities while minimizing size and weight. Its award-winning Fischer FreedomTM Series LP360TM connector is a rugged, but lightweight connector with 360° mating freedom that delivers breakthrough plug-and-play connectivity and is easy to integrate into portable and body-worn applications. Designed with soldiers, police, firefighters, and other first responders in mine, it reduces cognitive, weight, and reliability burdens, offers effortless, intuitive mating, provides IP68 protection when mated, and enables quick and easy plug and receptacle cleaning to help ensure 10,000-cycle durability. Its compact, lightweight, and low-profile design enables easy wearable integration, panel-mounted cable assemblies, and direct device integration with minimal cabling and is compatible with both USB 2.0 and Ethernet protocols, all of which helps support increased connectivity, capabilities, and safety for soldiers in the field while helping to reduce the overall size and weight of the necessary connector and cabling components.
Another critical point in the IoBT system is broadband internet service with consistent coverage. Military personnel frequently operate in harsh environment areas with spotty remote signal coverage. In these instances, IoBT connectivity is best maintained using low earth orbit (LEO) satellites, which can be deployed anywhere around the globe and even arranged into constellations to provide high-strength, high-reliability broadband signals. In 2017, DARPA announced its Blackjack project, the goal of which is to develop an LEO constellation dedicated to providing constant coverage for military operations. This would help provide crucial support for IoBT devices employed in remote areas (e.g., deserts, oceans, and dense forests) and extreme topography where they are unable to establish direct terrestrial network accesses and, in doing so, provide crucial support for multitudes of special missions. LEO satellite constellations can operate at relatively low altitudes and fly at a much faster pace than traditional geosynchronous equatorial orbit (GEO) satellites, which significantly contributes to their broad mobility. For example, Iridium states that its LEO satellite travels at approximately 17,000 miles per hour versus the typical GEO satellite, which travels at around 7,000 miles per hour.

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