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Common Ground Station For Imagery Processing And Exploitation
Author(s): Morris V Johnston
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Paper Abstract

The Joint Service Imagery Processing System (JSIPS) provides the services with an imagery receipt, processing, exploitation, and reporting capability that is responsive to the requirements of the tactical commanders. JSIPS combines existing and modified hardware and software with all-source digital imagery processing and exploitationto provide intelligence support that enhances the commander's ability to act within the enemy's decision cycle. JSIPS provides not only Tactical all-source imagery processing but integrates the Tactical, National, Auxiliary and Secondary imagery sources into one resource available to the image analyst for production of the commander's comprehensive report. JSIPS has been designed as a modular architecture which is readily expandable and reconfigurable to meet individual user needs. Pre-planned capabilities along with allocated space has been provided for growth in processing, throughput, and I/O requirements. JSIPS provides interoperability with several other imagery programs such as IDPS, TRAC, SYERS, IITS/FIST, NITF, UPD-8, and ATARS. It provides the ability to add additional imagery programs with little or no changes in the JSIPS design. JSIPS provides a softcopy and hardcopy exploitation capability for all military branches with output to their respective intelligence centers. The JSIPS system design, as shown in figure 1.0-1, has the following segments: Tactical Input Segment (TIS), National Input Segment (NIS), Exploitation Support Segment (ESS), Softcopy Exploitation Segment (SES), Hardcopy Exploitation Segment (HES), Communications Support Segment (CSS), and System Support Segment (SSS). JSIPS consists of standardized modules and segments with the collective capability to receive, process, exploit and disseminate imagery and reports based on multi-source imagery from the Tactical and National inputs. The overall JSIPS System operates in either a shelterized or non-shelterized configuration. Tailored JSIPS Systems are packaged in a minimum number of deployable shelters. Primary imagery inputs are from Tactical and National sources. The system provides all processing necessary to support both softcopy and hardcopy imagery exploitation. The system design is expandable, contractible, modular and segmentable. Modularity consists of packaging segments in functional units so they may be added or deleted when and where required to meet specific user requirements. Segmentability is achieved by allocating system requirements to a single functional area known as a segment. The design uses off-the-shelf hardware and software where practical and cost effective. The System is capable of operating either in a stand-alone mode while deployed or while tethered to and supporting fixed intelligence facilities. Each segment provides all functions and capabilties needed to satisfy the performance requirements for that segment. Functional and physical interface documents define the exchange of information and data between segments and with external systems. To enhance future Pre-Planned Product Improvements (P3I), the architecture promotes technology transparency within JSIPS through bus type structures. Evolutionary development allows for emerging sensors and platforms to be accommodated by substituting or adding a minimum number of plug-in hardware or software interface modules to an operational production model. Technology transparency allows for incorporation of new technologies as they become available.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 February 1989
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 0979, Airborne Reconnaissance XII, (23 February 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.948615
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Morris V Johnston, E-Systems, Inc (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0979:
Airborne Reconnaissance XII
Paul A. Henkel; Francis R. LaGesse; Wayne W. Schurter, Editor(s)

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