Geolocational tags for soldiers

Paul Raven @ 22-07-2008

soldiers disembark from a vehicleGood old DARPA comes up with some comparatively solid practical ideas in between the really bat-shit crazy stuff. Take the “Individual Force Protection System”, for example, which is essentially a way of tagging troops with traceable devices so they can be found if things get hairy on the battlefield. [via]

The Land Warrior hardware can be used to locate its wearer too, but that might understandably get ditched by troops in a rout due to its bulk. By contrast, the IFPS is a little plastic cylinder that could be strung next to a soldiers dogtags, and allegedly allows him or her to be detected from up to 150km away without the use of GPS technology. [image by SoldiersMediaCenter]

Soldiers as spimes, anyone?

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3 Responses to “Geolocational tags for soldiers”

  1. Darren T says:

    Oddly enough, I just finished reading ‘Orphanage’ by Robert Buettner and this very thing was one of the futuristic tech-gizmos that his troopers were equipped with, for ‘battlefield grave marker’ purposes, primarily.

  2. m1k3y says:

    I think, what with lifeloggin’ and all, we’re all becoming Spimes!

  3. Tom Marcinko says:

    Interesting post. Possibly naive question: Couldn’t an enemy theoretically hack into this system and target soldiers more easily?