ScanEagle® and Integrator™ unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) deliver a broad spectrum of multi-intelligence data. But delivering the data is just one part of helping our customers make the best decisions that can drive the best outcomes. The Insitu end-to-end approach includes products, payloads, operational strategies and services that not only deliver the data but also help you maximize the meaning and value of that data and get it into the right hands.
Insitu leads with an increased focus on solutions for TCPED, which stands for the process of (T) tasking aircraft, (C) collecting data, (P) processing that data, (E) exploiting every bit of meaning from that data and (D) disseminating that data to the people who need it.
The following is an overview of the Insitu decision-making ecosystem — what the industry knows as TCPED.
To drive the best in-theater decisions, you first have to be in-theater, with your eyes above looking down on the problem. Our unmanned aircraft offer an unparalleled balance of mobility, payload diversity and sophistication, and endurance. Each aircraft can be configured in a variety of ways to accommodate diverse operating conditions and payload demands. The Insitu patented launch and recovery system is a expeditionary, small-footprint, no-runways solution. The result is an industry-leading capability to get where we need to be, when we need to be there, producing high-quality data for extended periods of time. Our operationally proven, industry-leading hardware and software packages work cooperatively to maximize flexibility and actionable results while tasking unmanned assets.
Since 2004 we have been deploying and operating command and control systems in some of the most extreme locations on the planet. The hardware components that run our powerful software are as rugged and mobile as the aircraft systems they control. Our ground control system and forward ground control system (FGCS) are designed and tested for extreme, expeditionary environments, quick setup and tear-down, self-contained mobility, and scalability for adding new capabilities. On the ground, our FGCS puts high-resolution ISR imagery on a ruggedized laptop in the hands of the people who are right in the middle of the action.
Insitu Multiple UAS Software Environment (IMUSE) is the core software of our command and control system. Mission planning, aircraft (and multi-aircraft) tasking, target tracking and automated-target-following, and payload operation are all controlled from a user-friendly and intuitive interface.
Insitu’s next-generation command and control system, Insitu Common Open Mission Command and Control (ICOMC2) takes the human factors data gleaned from more than 600,000 combat flight hours and enables tasking of any STANAG 4586-compliant unmanned system.
Insitu UAS payloads and their myriad configurations are capable of delivering powerful multi-intelligence data. The payloads not only collect and deliver data, but are also augmented with the ability to securely disseminate that data to the teams that need it most. The Bandit Digital Data Link integrated with Insitu products and produced by L-3 Communication Systems-West securely transmits data to all Insitu command and control stations as well as remote video terminals such as ROVER and OSRVT, and helps your data avoid interference, improve signal strength and conserve crucial bandwidth so you can move more data and operate more aircraft within a common battlespace.
Raw data is not always actionable data, and data that exists in only one location is underutilized data. Integrated software packages for command and control, exploitation and dissemination are designed to work with our hardware and augment the interoperability of our combined systems operations.
Through collaboration with 2D3 Sensing, Insitu offers an intelligence tool that gives decision-makers, imagery analysts and mission commanders the ability to better exploit ISR video data by providing a library of searchable annotations, tags and chat. Historical comparisons, views over time, multi-analyst collaboration all augment and better exploit the data that our UAS deliver.
FGCSs disseminate data and put it in front of teams that have gone mobile and are in the thick of the action.
Fundamentally, the Insitu hub-and-spoke operational model permits UAS to be launched from one place, and subsequently handed off to, and controlled by, forward operators, and then passed back again — all while the critical information obtained is disseminated to troops on the ground or commanders in the tactical operations centers. This hub-and-spoke concept is the operational representation of agile TCPED. Aircraft capabilities, payloads, operational procedures, software, multiple systems, and team members from operators to analysts working collaboratively in this Insitu-designed ecosystem can maximize the quality and value of ISR data and UAS capabilities.
Putting better data in the hands of the right people at the right time drives decision-making superiority.
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