The Army Futures Command is developing wearable authentication tokens that will enable soldiers to prove their identity when operating systems, devices and applications on the Army tactical network. Here, Spc. William Ritter sets up software during Allied Spirit VIII at Hohenfels, Germany, Jan. 26, 2018. SPC. DUSTIN D. BIVEN/U.S. ARMY
The Army Futures Command is developing wearable authentication tokens that will enable soldiers to prove their identity when operating systems, devices and applications on the Army tactical network. Here, Spc. William Ritter sets up software during Allied Spirit VIII at Hohenfels, Germany, Jan. 26, 2018. SPC. DUSTIN D. BIVEN/U.S. ARMY

Army plans wireless, wearable tokens to access secure platforms quickly in the field

by Corey Dickstein
Stars and Stripes

WASHINGTON — The Army hopes to outfit soldiers with small, wearable tokens that will allow them simple, non-contact access to secure battlefield networks for communications while serving in the field.

Army Futures Command is working to develop the technology that would produce a wireless signal to sign into mission command systems, communications networks, handheld devices and other tactical platforms almost instantly while serving in a war zone or similar location, officials said in a news release published Tuesday. Simply approaching their laptops or other devices and entering a personal identification number to ensure their identity would grant them access to computerized platforms needed in combat. Just walking away would log them out.

The idea is to allow soldiers, constantly on the move in an area threatened by an enemy, a simpler solution to electronics access than can be provided by even their Common Access Cards, the chip-enabled identification cards that grant servicemembers and Pentagon civilians access to physical locations and many electronic applications. It would also standardize access for secure, tactical platforms soldiers use in the field, which do not use CAC cards and now use various authentication methods.

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