BAE debuts mobile app to gather intelligence with Google Glass
BAE Systems unveiled on April 15 a new mobile app that can be used with Google Glass for hands-free geospatial intelligence data collection and photo reporting from anywhere in the field.
The GXP Xplorer Snap app can transform Google Glass devices, smartphones and tablets into crowd-sourced information gathering tools capable of generating photo reports that can be shared across an organization. The app was showcased with Google Glass at the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation’s annual GEOINT Symposium.
“The technology benefits pilots by delivering imagery and mission critical data directly through the hands-free device.”
The GXP Xplorer Snap app enables Google Glass users to quickly snap photos and record a report title and brief description using only their voice. The report is automatically geo-tagged, time-stamped and uploaded to a GXP Xplorer server, where it is immediately shared and accessible to the rest of the enterprise. The hands-free benefit makes it an ideal technology for use in reconnaissance missions and disaster relief operations.
“This simple, wearable technology will revolutionize situational awareness and incident response capabilities for police, fire, and other first responders,” said DeEtte Gray, president of BAE Systems’ Intellgence & Security sector. “The technology benefits pilots by delivering imagery and mission critical data directly through the hands-free device.”
GXP Xplorer Snap works as a companion app to the GXP Xplorer data discovery and management application, which is part of the suite of GXP Enterprise Solution products that streamlines the image analysis workflow and increases workforce productivity, allowing more products to be created in less time.
Photo reports that are collected with the mobile app can then be brought into GXP WebView, a new lightweight, Web-based electronic light table that allows users to find and exploit mission-critical geospatial data using only a Web browser.
The GXP Xplorer Snap mobile app is expected to be released for Google Glass later this year. A similar version of the app, compatible with iOS and Android devices, is already available for download in the Apple App Store and Google Play marketplace.