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Google Glass as intelligence tool

Apr. 16, 2014 - 03:27PM   |  
By MICHAEL PECK   |   Comments
BAE offers an app that could turn Google Glass into an intelligence tool. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / AFP/Getty Images)
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BAE has unveiled a new geospatial intelligence tool that can be used with Google Glass.

The GXP Xplorer Snap app can turn Google Glass devices, smartphone and tablets into hands-free, crowd-sourced information gathering tools that can share photo reports across an organization, according to a BAE announcement.

"The GXP Xplorer Snap app enables Google Glass users to quickly snap photos and record a report title and brief description using only their voice," BAE said. "The report is automatically geotagged, time-stamped, and uploaded to a GXP Xplorer server, where it is immediately shared and accessible to the rest of the enterprise. The hands-free benefit makes it an ideal technology for use in reconnaissance missions and disaster relief operations.

GXP Xplorer Snap is a companion app to the GXP Xplorer data discovery and management application, which is part of BAE's GXP Enterprise Solution. Photo reports that are collected with the mobile app can then be brought into GXP WebView, a new lightweight, Web-based Electronic Light Table that allows users to find and exploit geospatial data using only a Web browser.

GXP Xplorer Snap is expected to be released for Google Glass later this year, BAE said. The app was showcased with Google Glass at the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation’s annual GEOINT Symposium. A similar version of the app, compatible with iOS and Android devices, is already available for download in the Apple App and Google Play stores.

“This simple, wearable technology will revolutionize situational awareness and incident response capabilities for police, fire, and other first responders,” said DeEtte Gray, president of BAE's Intelligence & Security unit. “The technology benefits pilots by delivering imagery and mission critical data directly through the hands-free device.”


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