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Lockheed Martin’s Context-Aware Services Expand Situational Awareness

Between the vibrations of an iPhone, the blinking red dots of a Blackberry, and the flashing banner notifications on your desktop, the domestic workforce is well connected through mobile devices. But for warfighters on the battlefield, bandwidth to receive mobile data and time to absorb information are both a limited commodity.

Lockheed Martin is developing technology to enhance situational awareness for users on the battlefield by delivering only the most relevant real-time data to overcome information overload while reducing the dependence on radio communication. Context-aware services and analytics, ensure that only data that is specifically relevant to the mission, is pushed to the mobile device. The warfighter can also receive notifications and alerts to new enterprise data that has been created. Another part of the solution is called responsive design, which formats an enterprise application for viewing on a given mobile device. The container automatically renders legacy enterprise applications for the device with a familiar feel and functionality.

“In a limited-bandwidth environment, data must have maximum value,” said Joe Portale, chief technologist of Mobility Solutions for Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Solutions. “Lockheed Martin’s context-aware enterprise mobility solution optimizes the use of limited bandwidth by only pushing the most relevant data to the warfighter, saving time and potentially, a soldier’s life.”

Users of context-aware services will receive mobile notifications based on a prearranged profile that includes settings such as user goals and activities, location, movement and device interface. Each application interface and notification is designed to support the expected user context. This tailored approach delivers enhanced situational awareness allowing faster and more calculated decision making that could potentially make the difference between mission success or failure. To extend situational awareness even further, Lockheed Martin is investigating the capability of allowing soldiers to task intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) assets from their positions in theater. 

The tremendous potential of enterprise mobility to assist warfighters in the execution of their missions is undeniable and readily recognized. Providing access from mobile devices to real-time sensor data and video, collaboration with command-and-control centers, customized maps and intelligence data — all of these capabilities and much more could provide an order of magnitude improvement in situational awareness and increase the effectiveness of forces at all levels.

Posted October 22, 2013

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  • On the battlefield, bandwidth to receive mobile data and time to absorb information are both a limited commodity.
  • Lockheed Martin is developing technology to enhance situational awareness for users on the battlefield by delivering only the most relevant real-time data to overcome information overload while reducing the dependence on radio communication.
  • The tremendous potential of enterprise mobility to assist warfighters in the execution of their missions is undeniable and readily recognized.