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DGI 2012 envisages future of geoint

UK: The last day of DGI 2012 had two sessions dedicated to ‘Information sharing and exploitation’ and ‘Middle East and North Africa’. The day witnessed an interesting mix of discussion revolving around a range of issues:
Big data“We are moving towards a new era of cloud computing and big data,” said Maj Gen USA (retd) John M. Custer, Director of Federal Strategic Missions and Programs, EMC. “With a huge volume and the kind of data that is being generated today, the challenge is to move from network centricity to data centricity,” he added.
Talking about how future will keep a check on our activities, he said, “In the modern world, every human and mechanical activity leaves a trail of data. We call it digital footprint.” 
UAVsWith the proliferation of UAVs flying a wide array of sensors, the US and coalition forces have greatly enhanced their capabilities to support dynamic intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. The increased capabilities have led to new challenges. James P. Dolan, Senior Vice President, Strategic Initiatives Group, Textron Systems Corporation, introduced the audience to some of these challenges, like the ability of an analyst to effectively analyse objects or activities observed on motion imagery and provide timely, value-added information to decision makers. 
Predictive Analysis“What if you could stop a crime before it happens? In other words, deny a criminal an opportunity to do the crime?” asked Captain Sean Malinowski, Commanding Officer, Foothill Patrol Division, Los Angeles Police Department. Captain Malinowski, has begun a 6-month trial programme to determine the effectiveness of predictive analysis in his area of operation in the US. He describes predictive analysis as ‘A place based approach to crime analysis that utilises algorithm driven crime forecasts to inform decision making to prevent crime’. In simple words, it’s crime forecasting.
Anti-piracy operationsPiracy is a major problem threatening the maritime community, especially in the Gulf of Aden. Experts discussed how remote sensing and geoint can aid in counter-piracy operations. Some of the challenges encountered in the process are maintaining accurate real-time positions of the vessels, getting geospatial information about small vessels as they don’t AIS, and so on. Colonel Neil Thompson (retd), Managing Partner, WCGroup, highlighted an interesting point when he showed satellite images of how piracy has led to economic development in Somalia.
FutureBarry Barlow, Head of Acquisitions, NGA, talked about the agency’s vision for the future and how it is working in that direction. NGA is working towards building apps which will provide online on-demand information to its soldiers. It also intends to make geoint available in the hands of its users by building geospatial apps for phones. 
Source: Our Correspondent