Information sharing requirements along all levels of the command chain are evolving rapidly from both a strategic and tactical perspective. Historically, the ability to disseminate critical information to the tactical edge has been extremely difficult until recent developments in mobile technology. ISS has developed various solutions to this problem which enable mobile data access, visualization and dissemination to serve the unique needs of the last tactical mile.
ISS has been able to deliver high value data in a variety of mobile form factors to ensure quality information at all levels of the command chain. Leveraging its foundational service oriented architecture (SOA) based WebTAS solution, ISS’s Motus™ mobile suite of mobile applications brings real situational awareness and reporting utilities directly to the last tactical mile in a package that's both simple to use and inexpensive to field. These solutions allows warfighters in both theater and homeland security settings to view, manipulate and share critical SA on several different platforms including Apple’s iOS for iPhones and iPads and Google’s Android for several other mobile and tablet devices.
Other ISS solutions such as the early development release of Resero, aggregate 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.
ISS’s implementation of mobile software concentrates on the user experience and different ways to “exploit the medium.” This allows engineers to fully explore ways to take advantage of the usability of multi touch interfaces as well as provide refined and useful user feedback by leveraging the sensor inputs available in these devices, such as GPS, accelerometers, cameras, and compasses.
By using software technologies that remain to gnostic to a particular device or platform, immediate work is not rendered obsolete, and continued deployment on new devices remains possible with little difficulty. Our history in both software creation and the environments running them, gives ISS an extraordinary understanding of building software on mobile devices as well as awareness of the limitations encountered in real world environments.