On 14 and 15 May, JISR Service Line staff, conducted a technical demonstration by using Augmented Reality (AR) technology (Google Glasses) at the Italian Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Rome, ITA. The demonstration is part of the EYE CATCH project, a Subject Matter Expertise Service provision activity with the Italian MoD in the area of dismounted soldiers situational awareness enhancement using sensors and ISR technology.
The demo was
executed during a workshop organized by the ITA MOD on the application of Agile
Software development methodology for military applications.
team demonstrated how AR glasses, connected to a soldier C2 handheld device,
could enhance dismounted soldier situational awareness in case where he’s fully
engaged in a tactical situation (i.e. hands on his weapon). The demo showed the
feasibility of displaying NATO JocWatch selected data and events on a soldier
AR glasses, connected to his handheld Android-based device, so to alert him. A
few examples of alerts are a report on an IED event that occurred close to his
current position, or on an kinetic event that just happened close to him (i.e.
indirect fire against blue forces) and that could put at risk his life and the
life of his platoon companions.
As a next
step, the Agency in coordination with the customer is looking to explore the
possibility to connect more data sources to AR glasses (i.e. NIRIS, Blue Force
Tracking, Geo, JChat and targeting, as well as soldier medical data to be
exchanged with the MEDEVAC team enroute to the soldier).
One of the
goals of the Service provision is to support the Italian MoD's agile software
development team to develop customized AR apps in an Android environment, which
can enhance soldiers situational awareness and the survivability in an hostile
environment. The medium term goal would be to support Italy MoD to set-up a
Smart Defence project in this area.