Jagwire, a new product from Exelis, can pool GEOINT data from various sources into a single point of access. (Gannett Government Media composite)
The military’s demand for quality intelligence from a range of sources is massive – so big that the government and industry both are working intensely to keep pace. But one new solution may represent a step in making at least part of the process a little easier.
Rochester, New York-based Exelis recently launched Jagwire, a cloud-based solution that provides on-demand access to multiple types of data. As a result, situational awareness is improved through streamlined and integrated information from multiple sources in a single, central location.
“What you really want to have is to have all of the modalities of intelligence in one place where you can bring them to bear,” said Jim Phillips, Exelis director of product and business strategy. “Having all of these modalities in one place is a huge problem that isn’t solved today. You have your signals intelligence people with their assets; you have the image intelligence people with their satellite and their [processing, exploitation and dissemination]; you have the [full motion video] folks with their UAVs and their PED – and getting those to work together is critical. And that’s one thing Jagwire does.”
Traditionally, intelligence has been collected and processed separately, Phillips noted. A move away from that is in keeping with broader intelligence community efforts to fuse data and move toward collaboration.
“There have been very stove-piped systems – so one branch of government launches the satellite, the data comes down, it gets processed in one data center in a certain proprietary format, and it goes into a library with its own interface that you have to search for,” Phillips said, noting that the process is repeated separately by other organizations. “The analyst would one, have to have access to that…and then if they do, they have to search, download the data and try to put it together.”
“It would be like having to use a different computer for every different website,” added Sean Varah, CEO of MotionDSP, which is partnering with Exelis on Jagwire. “It would be like having to use one computer for Netflix, another for Google, and so on. And they’re not connected at all; you have to walk over from one to another.”
That’s not quite enough to meet the fast-paced demand of today.
“Because you have so many platforms generating so much data, inherently it’s going to become more complex,” said Michael Ehrlich, Exelis enterprise product manager. “You have to be much smarter and much more sophisticated in how you interact with that data.”