On 26 November 2014, the Agency Joint Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Service Line team demonstrated the use of Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) technology to the General Manager by providing a status update on the 'Eye Catch' project; an activity where the Agency has provided important subject matter expertise to the Italian MoD in close collaboration with the Army General Staff Logistic Department.
to the NATO JOC Watch Server and various other functionalities were
demonstrated, including a patrol reporting feature that allows a soldier to take
pictures with the AR glasses, already enriched with metadata (location, time,
soldier ID, spatial orientation) and send it to a digital patrol report
available on a soldier-ruggedized Scorpion smartphone.
various applications that were described (and that are under development
following the Agile Software development concept), is the employment of
collected data for biometric usage. This functionality has the potential to be
extremely useful for soldiers guarding an Entry Control Point of a base,
allowing them to rapidly identify a potential enemy trying to enter (without him
being aware). Such a utility could be key for a rapid reaction and could
ultimately help save lives.
One of the
end goals will be to launch a Smart Defence initiative in mid-2015 that, under
the leadership of the Italy, will look to identify other Nations interested in
continuing to develop this activity. A key objectives of this initiative will be
to provide dismounted soldiers with a capability to enhance their situational
awareness. In addition, this concept could also allow the dismounted solider to
be used as an additional 'sensor' on the ground, collecting valuable data to
support intel analysis/exploitation and to help provide decision advantage.