US army depot expands use of RFID

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In this IT in defence World Wide Wrap: Canada explores simulation, modelling tech, US army depot expands use of RFID tech, and UK completes geographic data integration.

US army depot expands use of RFID tech

WhereNet, a provider of wireless solutions for tracking and managing enterprise assets, has announced that Tobyhanna Army Depot has expanded the use of the standards-based WhereNet active RFID real-time locating system technology to streamline the repair and overhaul of defence electronic systems at the Pennsylvania facility.

Tobyhanna Army Depot performs the maintenance, repair, and overhaul of command, control, communications, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems for the Defence Department.

Tobyhanna initially contracted with SYS-TEC to deploy the WhereNet system in late 2004 to optimise the refurbishment of the AN/TRC-170 Microwave Communications System and AN/TPS-75 Air Defence Radar System.

Canada explores simulation, modelling tech

Members of the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI) and the Canadian military are meeting to consider industry ideas and options related to the operating environment of the Canadian Forces in Afghanistan, News Wire reports.

The focus of these meetings is on the use of modelling and simulation technology and training tools to address specific, practical challenges being faced in hostile environments. Among other practical applications, this technology is employed to analyse, plan and test operational scenarios, thereby reducing the risk to soldiers and their equipment, decreasing training costs and time and increasing the effectiveness of field operations.

CADSI member companies have earned global recognition for their work in supplying the technology tools required of military and security forces, as well as civilian customers, to conduct modelling and simulation exercises in Canada and in markets around the world.

UK completes geographic data integration

The UK Ministry of Defence has completed the integration of multiple geospatial data into a single source, through the use of open standard Web services.

Geospatial data is a key information component in all defence systems for planning, tasking, and task execution. Most of the time critical missions require the coordination of air, maritime and land forces, and hence geospatial information for these domains must be integrated, and integrated in real time. Latencies in information update can easily translate into lost missions and lost lives, Telematics Journal reports.



The integrated Spatial Data Infrastructure system draws multiple datasets (AML 2.1, DAFIF8, VMAP0) from multiple data stores (Oracle Spatial, ArcSDE) using two Galdos Cartalinea Web Feature Service (WFS) servers. Map information is retrieved from WFS by both the thin viewing client Galdos FreeStyler Web Map Service (WMS) and the Tenet Chartlink4D Spatial Analysis Client.