Activity-Based Intelligence Improves National Security

Although the U.S. government faces significant budget constraints resulting from sequestration and the recent two-week government shutdown, there will always be a tremendous need for the right national security solutions. With the rise of natural disasters and civil unrest in areas in Africa and the Middle East, authorities from the U.S. and other countries need access to accurate intelligence to make key decisions in life or death situations.

To accomplish this, the intelligence, defense, national security and disaster assistance communities rely heavily on essential geospatial intelligence (GEOINT).  Often called the foundation for all intelligence disciplines, GEOINT covers the collection and integration of geospatial data and other information from a variety of intelligence sources, as well as their subsequent analysis and exploitation.

Technologies that support GEOINT have evolved in unique and effective ways.  The U.S. intelligence community has developed a new paradigm called activity-based intelligence (ABI), which is driving improvements in sensor development, information management and analysis, data sharing and other activities. Rather than focusing collection and analysis efforts on a single target, this approach assesses a wider variety of data over a period of time, and in doing so, provides better understanding of behavior patterns and future activities.

At its foundation, ABI is grounded in multi-INT fusion. This involves integrating all possible intelligence sources  into an integrated analytical environment for detecting trends that drive smarter decisions.

To meet their goals, government agencies need a portfolio that provides best-in-class data capture, GIS, remote sensing and photogrammetry software. They also need to synthesize these technologies in server-based products that enable data management, spatial data infrastructure, workflow optimization, web editing and web mapping.

Hexagon can tie all these capabilities together to achieve a complete end-to-end solution that advances security on a global scale. Our cross-portfolio solutions for public safety, border security and defense and intelligence, combine sensor-based capture of geo-referenced position and terrain data with data processing including orientation and triangulation. This also includes 3D feature collection and editing, digital terrain model collection and editing and enhanced visualization.

In terms of sensor integration, for example, we support radar operational surveillance systems, integrating AIS data from exactEarth and other satellite-based radar systems. In addition, these capabilities play a key role in helping large systems integrators meet government agency challenges by providing fully integrated offerings, as well as an SDK for customizable solutions.

To effectively counter the national security challenges, governments require the right geospatial tools that support the full life cycle – from sensors down to soldiers and responders. As a leader in smart solutions and as a proud partner of government agencies around the world, we look forward to delivering these capabilities in the coming year and beyond.

Creating good defense with a geo-enabled offense – that’s shaping smart change.


Sven Bues
Intergraph EMEA Industry Director – Defense & Intelligence
@Intergraph Geospatial

Guest Blogger Profile 

Sven Bues is Industry Director for Intergraph Defense and Intelligence EMEA and Regional Manager for Intergraph´s geospatial business in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Sven served in the German Armed Forces and studied mechanical engineering during his military service. In the last position of his military career, he served as an army officer for the drone recce system CL-289.

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