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Enhancing situational awareness by means of visualization and information integration of sensor networks
Author(s): Jussi Timonen; Jouko Vankka
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Paper Abstract

This paper presents a solution for information integration and sharing architecture, which is able to receive data simultaneously from multiple different sensor networks. Creating a Common Operational Picture (COP) object along with the base map of the building plays a key role in the research. The object is combined with desired map sources and then shared to the mobile devices worn by soldiers in the field. The sensor networks we used focus on location techniques indoors, and a simple set of symbols is created to present the information, as an addition to NATO APP6B symbols. A core element in this research is the MUSAS (Mobile Urban Situational Awareness System), a demonstration environment that implements central functionalities. Information integration of the system is handled by the Internet Connection Engine (Ice) middleware, as well as the server, which hosts COP information and maps. The entire system is closed, such that it does not need any external service, and the information transfer with the mobile devices is organized by a tactical 5 GHz WLAN solution. The demonstration environment is implemented using only commercial off-theshelf (COTS) products. We have presented a field experiment event in which the system was able to integrate and share real time information of a blue force tracking system, received signal strength indicator (RSSI) based intrusion detection system, and a robot using simultaneous location and mapping technology (SLAM), where all the inputs were based on real activities. The event was held in a training area on urban area warfare.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 May 2013
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 8756, Multisensor, Multisource Information Fusion: Architectures, Algorithms, and Applications 2013, 87560S (29 May 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2017686
Show Author Affiliations
Jussi Timonen, Finnish National Defence Univ. (Finland)
Jouko Vankka, Finnish National Defence Univ. (Finland)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8756:
Multisensor, Multisource Information Fusion: Architectures, Algorithms, and Applications 2013
Jerome J. Braun, Editor(s)

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