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Geospatial technologies for military applications

In today’s military command, intelligence information stems from all spectrums that include maps, aerial and satellite imagery, UAV’s, communications, GPS, and other pertinent inputs. Managing the flow of this information is made easier by the geospatial information resources, such as Geographic Information System (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS). These systems allow the managers to properly integrate and display sorted information to decision makers. More importantly they allow the simultaneous sharing of complex information with different levels of decision makers, allowing for better interpretation of the data

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) have emerged as an integrating technology that is overwhelmingly used for capturing, storing, integrating, analyzing and displaying data about any geographical location that is spatially referenced. GIS has become the nucleus of many strategically important missions and is playing a mounting role in ensuring dynamic governance and national security. These systems allow decision-makers to analyze information far more readily than is possible with traditional research techniques.

Space Imaging Middle East (SIME) is playing a very proactive role as a GIS solution provider offering a series of software that map, model, query, and analyze large quantities of data stored within a single database repository. Currently, the prime focus is at issues pertaining to security and law enforcement where GIS is adding value to the effectiveness of available information.

Military Database Management
The infusion of information into command centers has put a significant burden on government agencies to properly integrate and disseminate processed intelligence to the appropriate groups. In today’s military command, intelligence information stems from all spectrums that include maps, aerial and satellite imagery, UAV’s, communications, GPS, and other pertinent inputs. Managing the flow of this information is made easier by the geospatial information resources, such as Geographic Information System (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS). These systems allow the managers to properly integrate and display sorted information to decision makers. More importantly they allow the simultaneous sharing of complex information with different levels of decision makers, allowing for better interpretation of the data.

Space Imaging Middle East (SIME) is at the forefront in providing GIS applications to the regional military clients. These applications support analysis, discovery and retrieval of digital information as well as allow you to select the appropriate information by browsing through the available information, performing queries on attributes of the information, or by a combination of both.

These applications allow the management of geospatial data across large organizations, and to establish policy, business processes, and architectures that better exploit geospatial information resources for installation management. These applications are flexible and accept data in a variety of format including documents, photographs, maps, videos and audio recordings.

Another productive feature of these GIS applications is to adjust to the current workflow of any organization planning to interweave modern technology into its business model. Data analyses span over various circles of tasks and reports. A GIS application caters to the management of such tasks and reports as well.

This military clients command and control systems use a web-based capability known as the Theatre Battle Management Core System or TB-MCS for planning, managing and executing the aerial warfare. Computer programs keep track of the latest information on targets, weapons, fuel-loads, weather and navigation. Information is gathered from manned surveillance and/or unmanned UAV/RPV’s in addition to precision munitions like the GPS-guided devices. Building on this information, the military can create a “network-centric” warfare, a faster way of sharing tactical information and deploying offensive and defensive forces.


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This system represents an effective and efficient tool to process the high volumes of geographic raw data produced by airborne or satellite-based sensors. Accurate definition of metadata is a critical component in management such large data. Each geospatial data set is accompanied by an associated metadata file documenting the sources used to create the geospatial features and ensure its accuracy. Such systematic management of data helps in the development of broadband communication system, through which, data can be communicated to the central command in real-time where it is ingested into the system almost instantaneously.