The US Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) has awarded a contract to Ascend Intelligence to provide a tactical ground reporting (TIGR) system for US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The TIGR is a multimedia reporting system that enables the soldiers on patrol to collect and share critical information to improve situational awareness in the battlefield.
The system provides easy cooperation and information analysis among officers on the ground and will also enhance the existing reporting systems used by the soldiers at all levels of the army.
Ascend's TIGR features a map-based user interface and supports multimedia, global positioning system input, as well as distributed search and caching capability.
The system also uses a software that taps into multiple databases that contain critical information about a particular area, including voice recordings, digital photos and GPS tracking using the graphical map-referenced user interface.
In addition, TIGR uses state-of-the-art data distribution architecture to minimise bandwidth use on the tactical networks.
The reporting system, which facilitates easy updates over dynamic information, helps soldiers collect information on key infrastructure, landmarks and terrain while the images of key locations can be captured and displayed as map overlays.
The $14m contract is expected to be complete by 16 November 2013.