Aylesbury, UK: European Union Naval Force (EUNAVFOR) Operation Headquarters awarded the Counter-Piracy Phase 1 contract to Esri UK. The contract aims to enhance EUNAVFOR’s intelligence capability in conducting Counter-Piracy operations.
Under Counter-Piracy Picture Phase 1, Esri UK will deliver a common geospatial information sharing platform, powered by Esri’s ArcGIS open standards-based, commercial off the shelf (COTS) GIS software. This will provide a highly flexible platform that will quickly enable EUNAVFOR’s range of data and intelligence sources to be joined-up into a single location-based recognised environmental picture. Currently many of these data sources are in different formats and have to be accessed on separate systems. For example, the new platform will allow EUNAVFOR for the first time to view data on commercial ‘white shipping’ and naval ‘task force’ vessels together in one environmental picture.
The new platform will enable EUNAVFOR to make faster and more informed decisions, and deploy assets more efficiently, through improved situational understanding. When intelligence sources are combined visually, patterns and relationships can be seen, which may not be immediately apparent from analysing each source in isolation.
The platform will act as hub from which information can be shared and updated between a central server at EUNAVFOR’s base at Permanent Joint Headquarters in Northwood, UK, and deployed users. Initially they will be afloat but it is envisaged that access could be extended to land based locations or on aircraft. In each case they will be able to access the same data, via a lightweight, secure browser designed to be used easily by non-GIS specialists.