As Open GEE continues to make progress and adoption grows within the open-source community we here at Thermopylae Sciences and Technology (TST) thought it would be good to highlight some of the more interesting Google Earth Enterprise use cases we’ve encountered through our long relationship with GEE. GEE has been used extensively within both the private sector and federal space to bring immediate value and efficiency gains to organizations in various industries. Thermopylae has used Google Earth Enterprise in many successful federal and private sector system rollouts. Today I want to highlight a particular success story that allowed TST to assist the United States Army G2 (Intelligence) in extending cloud based data to Warfighters at the tactical edge: areas of the battlefield with unique connectivity challenges including instances of complete disconnection from military networks.
TST led the efforts to develop both the mobile and geospatial components of the Windshear program, Phase II. Phase II of Windshear consisted of a requirement to develop a mobile based framework that would serve as a link between the Warfighter and the tactical cloud. TST utilized a unique combination of Ubiquity, iSpatial, and Google Earth Enterprise to create a powerful platform that leveraged geo-fencing to define zones on the Warfighter’s mobile device.
The system enabled rapid, two-way access to critical information and intelligence to Warfighters at the tactical edge, specifically at the squad level. Thermopylae supported the Department of Defense (DoD) Mobile Strategy to “establish a common mobile application network”. In addition, Thermopylae deployed Google Earth Enterprise and iSpatial to allow users to interact with rich geospatial data on their mobile device in the field for command and control (C2), collaboration, data sharing, and situational awareness. GEE allowed GIS engineers to quickly fuse imagery at the command and serve it up at the tactical node on mobile devices to the Warfighter. This kept the Warfighter up to date with the latest imagery collections on their device along with providing other critical operations components.
Thermopylae provided the Army G2 a host of capabilities including quick mobile functionality provisioning, biometrics integration, reporting, image capture, augmented reality, and other functions available on commercial off the shelf mobile devices. Google Earth Enterprise served as a critical component in providing two-way communication with devices, tracking, map services, and geofencing features.