Lockheed Martin UK and Team Sparta Successfully Demonstrate Common Geospatial Tool Set Project

Farnborough, UK, 15 April 2010 – Lockheed Martin UK and its industry team, Team SPARTA, have successfully demonstrated the geospatial capabilities as part of the Common Geospatial Tool Set (CGTS) research project. At Lockheed Martin’s Swift Laboratory in Farnborough, more than 60 Defence and Non-Defence guests attended the first such CGTS demonstration in the Swift, which followed an earlier demonstration at Coalition Warrior Interoperability Demonstrator 2009.

Highlighting “the art of the possible” in 2012, the CGTS demonstration adopted a Homeland Security scenario focused on the operational benefits of an open-standards based approach, including:

  • Increased operational effectiveness through information sharing
  • Enhanced shared situational awareness through the delivery of tailored but consistent views
  • Integration of multiple data sources, applications (and vendors) across low and high bandwidth networks
  • Improved analysis of location-based information through the use of wizards and services

The end-to-end demonstration examined the integration of key components from multiple source data providers through to connected and mobile users.

Having established a representative Command and Control co-ordination group and deployed assets, user access to source and processed data was achieved through a range of applications, e.g. browser, deployed and desktop. The research demonstrated open-standards web services are a viable solution across the whole network, including disadvantaged, i.e. those with limited connectivity, together with mobile users.

The demonstration, supported by Pitney Bowes Business Insight, ERDAS, Infoterra and Luciad, reinforced Lockheed Martin’s position as a centre of technical excellence, providing customers with a facility to address their most demanding challenges.

The demonstration is the second of three planned during the research project. Focussed geospatial capability investigations, such as cross-country movement, cultural geography and uncertainty, will form the core of the third event, scheduled for October 2010.

In August 2008, Team SPARTA was awarded a 29-month research project, aimed at providing technical evidence and de-risking activity to support possible future UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) projects and programmes. It is envisaged that CGTS will provide the MoD with a coherent set of enabling geospatial capabilities and services in order to support national and international interoperability, information coherence and reduce whole-life costs. The research is being conducted under the technical governance of the Defence, Scientific and Technical Laboratories.

Lockheed Martin UK, a unit of Lockheed Martin Corporation, is a leader in systems integration working on major programmes spanning the aerospace, defence and civil sectors. Lockheed Martin works with more than 100 business partners and employs over 1700 people at sites across the UK.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security company that employs about 140,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The corporation reported 2009 sales of $45.2 billion.