A Common Operational Picture (COP) shows many operational aspects in coded form inside a geodata representation like
a map. For building this picture, many specialized groups produce information. Beside the operating forces these are
intelligences, logistics, or the own leaders planning group. Operations in which a COP is used typically are disaster
management or military actions.
An existing software for Interactive Visualization of Integrated Geodata runs on Tablet-PCs, PCs, Digital Map Tables and
video walls. It is already used by the Deutsche Führungsakademie (military academy) for the education of staff officers.
German civil disaster management agency decided to use the Digital Map Table for their intelligence analysis.
In a mobile scenario, however, novel requirements have to be taken into account to adapt the software to the new
environment. This paper investigates these requirements as well as the possible adaptions to provide a COP across multiple
players on the go. When acting together, the groups do this in a widespread manner. They are physically spread and they
use a variety of software and hardware to produce their contribution. This requires hardware to be ruggedized, mobile, and
to support a variety of interfaces. The limited bandwidth in such a setting poses the main challenge for the software, which
has to synchronize exchanging a minimum of information. Especially for mobile participants, a solution is planned that
scales the amount of data (maps/intelligence data) to the available equipment, the upcoming mission, and the underlying
theatre. Special focus is laid on a guidance vehicle leading a convoy.
Boris Wagner, Ralf Eck, and Sebastian Maier, "Concept for a common operational picture in a guidance vehicle," Proc. SPIE 10199, Geospatial Informatics, Fusion, and Motion Video Analytics VII, 101990I (Presented at SPIE Defense + Security: April 13, 2017; Published: 1 May 2017); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2263430.
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