The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a contract to HP Enterprise Services to improve its ability to react to global humanitarian and defence crises by transforming the way geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) is shared and used across the organisation.

Valued at £8.5m, the contract will see HP collaborate with geospatial software specialist Envitia to develop and deliver the first phase of the MoD’s Defence Geospatial Services (DGS) programme.

The companies will develop and supply a system that will deliver foundation GEOINT across the MOD enterprise, enabling military personnel and civil servants to search, discover, and retrieve foundation GEOINT directly from any terminal within the defence information infrastructure.

The data includes intelligence on human activities and can be tagged to specific locations, enabling the ministry to identify and monitor crises as they unfold.

"This new enterprise-wide solution from HP and Envitia will ensure that all users are ‘fighting off the same map’."

HP enterprise defence and security vice-president Simon Fovargue said: "Built upon open standards and an open architecture, this new enterprise-wide solution from HP and Envitia will ensure that all users are ‘fighting off the same map’."

The new system will be designed to provide a foundation for the MoD’s spatial data infrastructure that can be expanded in future increments.

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An operations centre, based on HP infrastructure with secure data storage, will manage the ministry’s maps and connect primary geospatial production centres, while Envitia software will facilitate rapid decision making through the high-precision management of large and disparate datasets.

The DGS programme is focused on providing a step change to the situational awareness capability in defence allowing them to react to crises worldwide in a more effective and efficient manner.