US Army purchases BAE software to accelerate data search

16 March 2012 (Last Updated March 16th, 2012 04:30)

BAE Systems has been selected by the US Army to supply its commercial data management software, GXP Xplorer, to help accelerate its efforts to locate and retrieve geospatial data from various legacy repositories.

BAE Systems has been selected by the US Army to supply its commercial data management software, GXP Xplorer, to help accelerate its efforts to locate and retrieve geospatial data from various legacy repositories.

Geospatial eXploitation Products (GXP) business sales, marketing, and customer support vice president Dan London said the GXP Xplorer allows analysts to find and catalog information, so they can perform their mission.

The software will be used by Army brigade combat teams to identify and catalog images, maps, terrain, features, videos and documents of interest on local desktops or across an enterprise.

The soldiers based across multiple army installations can also easily locate current and archived data collections saved on shared drives, servers and in personal files, which is vital to military users rotating in-and-out of operating units.

GXP Xplorer will also support the army's transition from legacy data library systems to an interoperable resource that scales from mobile devices, ruggedised laptops, and enterprise servers with Web browser access.

The open enterprise solution has been designed to provide a convenient way to access images, terrain, features, GeoPDF images and maps, PowerPoint files, videos, text documents, and numerous other data sources.

The application scans for files across existing external data systems, on shared network drives, and in an analyst's local shoe box and quickly locates files and builds an online catalog for easy retrieval, saving up to 75% of the time previously required to find data using legacy systems.

GXP Xplorer keeps track of all available data by file type, and displays geotagged search results graphically on a map with supporting text and thumbnail images, which can either be downloaded, or opened directly into other applications for analysis, mission planning and intelligence reporting.

As part of the contract, the US Army's Distributed Common Ground System-Army (DCGS-A) Enabled Common Ground Station will install 50 GXP Xplorer enterprise server licenses beginning in the middle of 2012.