Army Geospatial Enterprise GeoServices

Thursday January 19, 2012

What is it?

The Army Geospatial Center (AGC) now delivers standard and shareable geospatial information as web services, facilitating a common operational picture for the Soldier at all echelons.

What has the Army done?

The AGC published a number of useful datasets as standard and shareable web services via SIPRnet, which is utilized by the majority of Soldiers seeking geospatial information, tools and expertise. These programs include Urban Terrain, Water Resources, BuckEye (Unclassified high resolution imagery and LiDAR elevation data), National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) maps and charts, as well as Environmental Systems Research Institute basemaps.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

The AGC plans to develop additional services and continued integration with AGE GeoGlobe and Common Map Background (CMB) Online service. AGE GeoGlobe is a worldwide, 3D-based, enterprise-enabled visualization tool that allows users to access the AGC's geospatial imagery, data and products through a locally-installed 3D client for Internet Explorer. CMB Online provides Soldiers with around the clock access to organized, common geospatial datasets (e.g. AGC data/products and NGA maps).

Why is this important to the Army?

The use of AGC standard map and image services permits Soldiers to gain access to a wealth of geospatial data, maps and imagery without the need or burden to collect, assemble, import, process and manage this data. By offloading the data preparation processing, hosting and dissemination to the AGC, Soldiers may focus on their primary tasks - analysis, planning and warfighting; facilitating mission success within the Military Decision Making Process. This net-centric, enterprise environment is a form of reach-back support, where the geospatial experts with the proper resources can invest time and effort to prepare data once, and serve many. This reduces or eliminates redundancy and encourages a more efficient use of the Soldier's time, money and computing resources. This capability provides Soldiers, civilians and mission partners with the geospatial information that they need, when they need it.

Resources:

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: Army Geospatial Center

Log-in required:
Web services may be accessed on SIPRnet, by clicking on 'Products & Services,' then 'Web Services'
AGE GeoGlobe Product Catalog (CAC-enabled)
CMB Product Catalog (CAC-enabled)

Related STAND-TO!: Army Geospatial Enterprise GeoGlobe

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