Anti-Piracy Exercise Joins Up Multiple Intelligence Sources to Counter Threat — Press Release

by: Matthew Potter
January 24, 2012

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Anti-Piracy Exercise Joins Up Multiple Intelligence Sources to Counter Threat

Aylesbury, January 24th 2012: An Anti-Piracy Exercise is being unveiled by an industry team led by geospatial capabilities specialist, Esri UK, today at Defence Geospatial Intelligence 2012, QEII Conference Centre, London. It aims to demonstrate how, by joining up multiple sources of data and intelligence into a location-based common operational picture, faster and more informed decisions can be made.

The live demonstration will be provided by Esri UK in collaboration with exactEarth, Exelis VIS and i2, with open-source intelligence provided by IHS.

Piracy presents similar challenges to the counter insurgency operations encountered in Afghanistan. The aim is to identify, track, intercept and disrupt a highly mobile and increasingly organised network. The Anti-Piracy Exercise aims to show how data can be tasked, collected and collated, processed, exploited and disseminated between different parties to create improved situational understanding, enhance decision making and the effectiveness of joint operations.

Data sources currently used by naval task forces such as Automatic Identification System (AIS) feeds, imagery and meteorological and oceanographic (METOC) data, can be overlaid to create a common operational picture. As Esri’s ArcGIS software is an open standards-based commercial off the shelf platform a vast range of data in different formats, most of which are OGC compliant, can be integrated, from aerial reconnaissance to signals intelligence and even social network analysis.

“Almost all data has a location and time so it can be plotted geographically. By bringing it together in a visual context, patterns and relationships can be seen, which might not be immediately apparent from analysing each intelligence source in isolation”, said Nick Rigby, Non-Executive Director, Esri UK. “It is this collaborative approach that can help joint forces focus their limited resources and counter the piracy threat far more effectively.”

The Anti-Piracy Exercise draws on Esri UK’s experience as the geospatial information system (GIS) provider for the UK MoD’s Dataman GIS capability, which was successfully deployed last year in Afghanistan. Dataman integrates over 300 layers of data from intelligence and reconnaissance assets to deliver shared situational understanding throughout the command chain.

About Esri UK

Established in 1989, Esri UK is a British company that is part of the Esri network, the world’s leading supplier of commercial off the shelf (COTS) GIS capability to the defence and national security community for almost 40 years. As the UK’s leading authority on GIS, Esri UK works with the MOD, DE&S, business partners and the Systems Integrator community to provide best of breed solutions across the land, air, sea and joint domains.


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