Putting Virtual “Boots on the Ground” – Law Enforcement Gets Intelligence on Demand

The blog entry below contains excerpts fromPutting Virtual “Boots on the Ground” – Law Enforcement Gets Intelligence on Demand,’ originally written by Caron Beesley, editor of [acronym] Online. [acronym] Online is a blog dedicated to those in the public sector working within the 2D and 3D digital design, GIS, architecture and
engineering disciplines.

As the number of uses for geospatial imagery continues to grow and more and more users – both traditional and non-traditional – realize the benefits to be gained, so too will the market for geospatial intelligence solutions.

That was the case late last month when Lockheed Martin, working with Pictometry International Corporation, launched the first version of “Intelligence on Demand,” a new web portal that offers users a world of imagery and analysis for a flat monthly fee. Intelligence on Demand provides law enforcement officials high quality imagery in the palm of their hand when and where they need it most.

In a recent blog entry Putting Virtual “Boots on the Ground” – Law Enforcement Gets Intelligence on Demand, “Caron Beesley, editor of [acronym] Online, gives a complete overview of Lockheed’s new cloud-based and on-demand geospatial imagery database:

“Intelligence on Demand (IoD) combines mapping, data, and analytic tools and delivers them as a secure service from a cloud infrastructure to law enforcement officials on their mobile devices. “Designed to help public sector and law enforcement officials who need anytime access to GIS data and analytic tools in the field, IoD uses a library of more than 100 million oblique and orthogonal satellite images to give an unprecedented level of situational awareness at any given location. “Users can access the portal from any web browser and download the imagery they need, and then conduct advanced analysis using IoD’s built-in tools in support of surveillance, risk reduction and information sharing during tactical planning and field operations.”

She does a good job of pointing out the shortcomings of traditional satellite imagery and GIS systems including their ability to only give a “top down view” of the terrain in question. If you are a law enforcement official, you’ll understand the power of geospatial imagery as an essential enabler of location and terrain intelligence gathering.

“The key market differentiator for IoD is that it provides the four traditional north, south, east and west oblique images of a structure, plus an integrated orthogonal shot and an integrated satellite and map view – all of which combine to provide the viewer with seven unique views of a location.”

An orthogonal “top-down” image of the Lincoln Memorial (left), combined with an example of an oblique image (right) is integrated through the “Intelligence on Demand” viewer and combined with map-based data to deliver a low-cost solution for enhanced mission situational awareness and pre-planning capabilities.

Caron’s blog entry also includes a short YouTube video that explains the true capabilities of IoD, and demonstrates how law enforcement officials reduce surveillance costs, verify and share key intelligence about suspect locations, and use IoD imagery and information during the trial process to back-up prosecution cases.

To view Caron’s entry on [acronym online] click here: Putting Virtual “Boots on the Ground” – Law Enforcement Gets Intelligence on Demand.

You can also learn more at this upcoming Intelligence on Demand Webinar on December 2, 2.00 PM ET.

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