The Soldier Monitoring System (SMS) provides real-time automated Soldier tracking during live training events, providing opportunities to expedite training or add additional practical exercises within the same allotted training time – saving cadre manpower, contractor support costs, and logistics support costs (rations, fuel, utilities, consumables, etc.).
In developing the specified Vice Chief of Staff of the Army reactive requirement, Soldier Monitoring System (SMS) use has evolved to a proactive, real-time training management resource, where incidences of severely distressed Soldiers and/or emergency recoveries have been replaced by instantaneous situational awareness that enables Soldier safety, while preserving the realism and assessment intent of the training mission. The SMS provides real-time geo-locations and records movement for each device, making it capable of providing a “geo-fence” and no motion alerts. It also has an emergency/ panic button that creates an alarm at the operations center. SMS is fully integrated into multiple Programs of Instruction (POI) as a risk reduction and control tool. SMS has reduced personnel recovery time at exercise completion from five hours to less than 30 minutes.