Annual Engagement & Impact Report
The RAF needs to keep track of high-value assets whilst in storage and during transit, often in extreme and challenging safety-critical environments. Understanding the conditions an asset is exposed to is essential to ensure it is stored and maintained appropriately, and that it is fit for purpose.
The RAF’s Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO) wanted to prove the concept of using environmental data logging sensors in conjunction with low power wide area network (LPWAN) infrastructure to monitor assets within an operational military airfield environment.
Digital Catapult and RCO designed, deployed and ran a trial to help prove the potential of LPWAN technologies in this scenario.
The success of the RAF trial led to approaches by the Royal Navy and the Army for Digital Catapult to deliver similar proofs of concept to meet their specific asset monitoring needs. The RAF’s trial objectives have now been broadened to test the technology in even more challenging conditions, including at sea.
area covered by the RAF LPWAN network