Many contractors across Australia are actively involved in creating and implementing systems to provide intelligence for operations, management of training bases, and monitoring of environmental impacts.
Defence places onerous and stringent requirements on the solutions that they investigate and adapt. In some cases, security of data is a key consideration, and the reliability of a system must be guaranteed. There is little room for failure and miscommunication.
RIA Mobile GIS have had experience working with defence and defence contractors for a number of years. As well as delivering a fully adopted field environmental monitoring system for use with the 2005, 2007 and 2009 Talisman SABRE training exercises, we have also successfully demonstrated a CTD (Capability Technology Demonstrator) with an innovative solution for communicating geospatial information in the field using an intelligent radio network.
RIA Mobile GIS implemented solutions for the Department of Defence and has had long-term involvement with defence contractors. Offering specialised knowledge of mobile GIS, we have worked alongside and provided support to companies such as AECOM and SERCO to supply defence with GIS solutions. We have been engaged both directly and indirectly by the Australian Defence Force on a number of integrated system projects, ranging from environmental monitoring to counter terrorism tasks.
These projects involved the collation and integration of field data into existing projects and exercises, following extensive consultation with all levels of command. The projects included both pre event training and onsite support during training scenarios. RIA were selected because of their demonstrated ability to engage with a range of end users to elicit their spatial requirements; and then deliver solutions that met those requirements in a timely manner.
Our understanding of ruggedised mobile GIS hardware meant that we were in a position to supply hardware for such projects which adhered to military standards for toughness and reliability.
Through rigorous testing and strong back-up systems, our solutions were able to meet the significant demands of reliability, and innovative design was employed so that our systems could work within locked-down security frameworks.
RIA Mobile GIS Co-founded a company called RAV Geospatial, providing project management, system architecture, design and implementations. Under this name, we envisioned and developed a system for the Department of Defence under the CTD (Capability Technology Demonstrator) Program. The system was successfully demonstrated. It featured a spatially intelligent means of deploying and utilising geospatial information in the field.
Radio had to be used to communicate data, which significantly constricts the amount of information that can be transferred. To alleviate this, data was automatically optimised to, for example, only communicate data for the area in a unit’s field of view, or, if it was being used in a vehicle, such as a tank, only get new data for the area being driven toward. Intelligence was also designed into the radio network to provide prioritisation and make sure data transfers were not interrupted.
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