Thursday December 8, 2011
What is it?
The Army Geospatial Enterprise (AGE) GeoGlobe is a worldwide, 3D-based, enterprise-enabled visualization tool that allows users to access the Army Geospatial Center's (AGC) geospatial imagery, data and products through a locally-installed 3D client for Internet Explorer. GeoGlobe allows for rapid updates of imagery and data and includes easy-to-use, on-the-fly terrain analysis tools such as Line of Sight, Viewsheds, ThreatDomes and Contouring.
What has the Army done?
GeoGlobe became the common operational visualization capability for the Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF) CJ2 and spread to other elements within RC-East. GeoGlobe is used for a wide array of support, such as border area operations, route recon, after action reviews, rescue mission support, strategic and tactical planning, as well as high level situational awareness and planning. GeoGlobe also consumes, or uses, in-country information assets like Tactical Intelligence Ground Reporting and Blue Force tracker, allowing the CJ2 to see other mission-specific data on the 3D terrain. GeoGlobe is also available on a laptop to afford disconnected users access to its visualization capabilities.
What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?
The AGC is building an enterprise terrain visualization capability utilizing the server-to-server functionality of commercial software. It is installing servers at GPCs that are loaded with a "base globe," populated with low- and medium-resolution imagery, maps and elevation data. The GPCs can integrate their area(s) of operation's (AO), unique data to the server and into the global visualization tool. The GPCs maintain data for their AO, while GeoGlobe's federated servers allow for its shared and transparent visualization and analysis. AGE GeoGlobe is another example of geospatial information, services and capabilities that have been developed for Army through its EMAP (Army Geospatial Support) MDEP.
Why is this important to the Army?
AGC GeoGlobe delivers superior terrain visualization and analysis to Soldiers in a simple, yet powerful platform that operates online or disconnected. The distributed data concept, facilitated via the tool's federated servers, permits those who know the AO best to manage its data while allowing integration into the global visualization for all users. There is no need to send all data to a central repository or to rebuild/recompile the entire dataset to add new data, expediting the delivery of critical terrain data to Soldiers in an operational environment.
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