Army Uses Geospatial Tech to Analyze Soldiers’ Operational Environment

mapThe U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center has built a geospatial technology intended to help military commanders visualize and examine unfamiliar route for soldiers.

The Situational Awareness Geospatially Enabled platform is designed to provide military leaders a full picture of the operating environment in order to make strategic decisions on the battlefield, Army said Sept. 17.

SAGE works to analyze terrain, elevation, road and map data at multiple resolutions worldwide and produce an obstacle overlay for 12 military vehicle types, according to the Army.

The technology is also built to help military leaders estimate how fast adversaries can move through a certain area due to the surrounding terrain, or to spot arable land and water resources during nation-building efforts.

According to the Army, SAGE operates within the Distributed Common Ground System and has been used by the military’s National Training Center, Joint Readiness Training Center and deployed units in Afghanistan.

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