Spatial awareness [CANSEC2016D2]

26 May 2016

Ottawa-based Kongsberg Geospatial (Booth 913) will be using this year’s CANSEC show to announce the launch of a new geospatial technology platform, and to showcase innovations in beyond line-of-sight technology for commercial drones.

This has been a transformative year for the company, which earlier this year announced it was changing its name from Kongsberg Gallium to Kongsberg Geospatial.

The company has also rebranded and reorganised its primary product lines, and is introducing a new version of its flagship geospatial visualisation platform, formerly known as InterMAPhics, under the name TerraLens.

This year also marks a milestone for Kongsberg Geospatial’s work with the US Navy providing the geospatial and display components for the AEGIS programme, the world’s most capable naval air defence command and control system. The US Navy has also deployed a new Air Traffic Control (ATC) simulation platform developed by the company on the USS Carl Vinson, VCN-70. The simulation so ware allows air traffic controllers to train on real carrier air tra c control centre flight operations scenarios without the necessity of actual flight operations, and without having to leave the ship to attend shore-based training schools. The navy will be deploying the embedded trainer to the rest of the fleet over the next few years.

The company recently completed successful field trials of three innovative platforms, including an augmented reality application with the Director Land Command Systems Program Management of the Canadian Army. The application overlays a digital model of the world over a live video feed to ‘augment’ reality with a composite view providing additional information that is not visible in the original image. Kongsberg Geospatial also conducted trials of a new platform to allow the remote operation of air traffic control towers. An agreement has been signed with Avinor Air Navigation Services to produce the technology.

Having provided display technology for military UAV platforms for more than a decade, the company is now actively working with industry and regulatory groups in the US and Canada to develop a simple, portable, uni ed display for civilian UAV operators that provides them with the necessary spatial awareness to operate UAVs safely beyond line-of-sight.

The company conducted a series of trials with civilian drone manufacturer Precision Hawk, and with the County of Renfrew Paramedic Service over a period of several weeks.

Kongsberg Geospatial will also be showcasing the IRIS UAS, together with a demonstration of the 3D terrain capabilities of the new TerraLens platform, and ISR Viewer – a solution for visualising big data from various sources in a geospatial context.

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