TAMPA, Fla., April 14, 2014—When Internet networks crash during natural disasters or bandwidth becomes unavailable at crowded national special security events, analysts must be able to continue doing their jobs.
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s Geospatial Intelligence Advancement Testbed Mobile Apps Team has created a capability that allows analysts to continue sharing GEOINT data despite limited or no connectivity, said Ben Tuttle, Ph.D., mobile apps team lead.
The April 14 panel at the GEOINT Symposium, “Chaos Management in a Disconnected World,” will highlight how Tuttle and his team have worked with other analysts across the agency and throughout the GEOINT community to explore the legal issues, application governance, and emerging standards for mobile capabilities.
“NGA works with a wide range of GEOINT users, to include emergency response, search and rescue, security, and military personnel who require constant use of mobile applications,” said Tuttle. “Many commercial apps are completely dependent on access to servers to function properly. We know analysts need the capability to use their GEOINT apps when disconnected from servers, because it’s the most frequent request our customers have.”
The new apps were used by security personnel as part of NGA’s support to recent special events such as the Sochi Olympics and continue to be used by our federal partners, said Tuttle. The mobile devices and apps continue to transform how GEOINT is collected, increase situational awareness, promote information sharing, and enable NGA’s vision of an online, on-demand environment on multiple security domains, much like the Map of the World and The Globe, two products NGA has also recently unveiled.
NGA delivers world-class geospatial intelligence, or GEOINT that provides a decisive advantage to warfighters, policymakers, intelligence professionals and first responders. Both an intelligence agency and a combat support agency, NGA fulfills the president’s national security priorities in partnership with the intelligence community and the Department of Defense. NGA is also the lead federal agency for GEOINT and manages a global consortium of more than 400 commerical and government relationships.