As geospatial intelligence has become a fundamental requirement for Department of Defense (DoD) operations, so has the need to package that information into an operational capability for the warfighter. It is no longer enough to simply provide timely and relevant GEOINT. That data must be accompanied by contextual mission applications that apply the GEOINT knowledge to a mission need.
With more user friendly Earth viewers, such as Google Earth, non-GIS professionals are now able to quickly and easily navigate through massive volumes of spatial data published by geospatial experts using high-end GIS software, and can make spatial decisions based on their layman’s view of the landscape.
ISS has developed this capability through its GeoStratus solution, which allows any application to run within Google Earth as well as in other multi-touch screen interface such as on an iPhone, iPad or Android based phone. With GeoStratus, GIS professionals can quickly augment the globe by converting their existing spatial data into Google Earth viewable Keyhole Markup Language (KML). Mission-specific thematic layers can be applied to add relevance to the Earth viewing environment, providing a rich and meaningful situational awareness.
ISS’s Resero aggregates different sources of geo-referenced data into a single view so that users can then participate in live, online collaboration and construct queries on the fly. Through an iPhone-like interface, one can either add or delete queries or data buckets through a drag and drop interface. These selections and related thematic layers can then be viewed in a time-based or temporal dimension to further improve the value of situational awareness and intelligence integrity.
Other ISS solutions utilizing Google Maps based technology allow flexible customization of each map including annotations, custom draggable labels, and filtering of markers and labels.