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Empowering those who protect us


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Empowering those who protect us


 

The Challenge

"The lack of interoperability in public safety communications has been a long-standing concern given the essential role these communications play in protecting lives, health, and property."

  General Accounting Office Report 15-407 FirstNet's Public Safety Network

 
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Empowering First Responders


 

Firefighters, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), and Law Enforcement 

First Response eXplorer (FRX)

Empowering First Responders


 

Firefighters, Emergency Medical Services (EMS), and Law Enforcement 

First Response eXplorer (FRX)

When disaster strikes, help rushes in from many directions. It comes from different people, different agencies, and different levels of government. Historically, Public Safety and First Responder (PSFR) communities across the nation have relied upon Land Mobile Radio (LMR) or Land Mobile Radio Systems (LMRS) to communicate verbally. Even though Project 25 (P25) standards were introduced by Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) to improve LMR/LMRS interoperability challenges, over 10,000 different configurations of LMR/LMRS systems are in use across the nation. Recent poll found that over 70% of all PSFR communications are being conducted via Long-Term Evolution (LTE) enabled smartphones which eleviate many interoperability problems that remain with todays P12 enabled solutions. Recognizing the additional value offered through the use of data-centric content that LTE networks Congress enacted “The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012”, containing landmark provisions to create a much-needed nationwide interoperable broadband network, later called FirstNet. After years of preparation, in March of 2017, AT&T was selected to build and manage FirstNet, a public-safety grade LTE-based cellular network dedicated to First Responders.  

While FirstNet deployment is now underway, the innovative application software programs - or “Apps”, and the companion collection of resilient infrastructure “Services” necessary to empower FirstNet-enabled PSFR personnel are just now being vetted for inclusion in the FirstNet App Catalog. Once vetted they are posted for subsequent download to FirstNet enabled phones and tablets.  iCode's First Response eXplorer (FRX) mobile app is designed to address mission-critical needs of PSFR personnel operating in-the-field. FRX supports the electronic exchange and use of time critical content including Incidents, Interactive Maps and Geospatial Overlays, MultiMedia (e.g., Still and Full Motion Imagery), and Chat across organizations. One of the compelling capabilities FRX promotes is an end-user extensible near-real time geo-spatial situational awareness display. Digital content is provided to FRX apps through our companion Public Safety Cloud Service (PSCS) infrastructure, that draws from digital content managed through local and regional providers and other content sourced from external but authoritative content providers (i.e., Weather, and Earthquake Early Warning services). Select the FRX button below to learn more about our FRX mobile application and our PSCS offerings.

 

Empowering Maritime Warriors


 

Mobile innovations for today's Naval Warfare Professionals

Explore MiWorld

Empowering Maritime Warriors


 

Mobile innovations for today's Naval Warfare Professionals

Explore MiWorld

Mobility continues to transform how the Department of Defense (DoD) operates, connects, and supports its most valuable stakeholders – the warfighter themselves.  Military users are becoming increasingly empowered with the latest commercial smartphones, tablets, and apps they can download through the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Mobile Application Store (MAS).  Department of Navy (DoN) components such as NAVAIR and SPAWAR are pursuing the development of viable mobile software applications tailored for specific warfare area communities they support today and emerging warfighter needs of tomorrow.  MiWorld App is designed for mobile innovators attending the US Naval Academy (USNA), Naval War College (NWC) and Naval Post Graduate School (NPS) who need to explore and share advanced decision making options in a secure and extensible manner.

Our Mobile innovation World (MiWorld) application is designed to address these emerging needs in a secure but extensible mobile application framework.  At its core, MiWorld incorporates a powerful geospatial situational awareness engine, capable caching raster, vector, and gridded products for rapid access and use even when no communications network is readily available.  Different geospatially-encoded overlay data streams can be accessed and cached (locally) for access and rendering at a later time.  Moreover a variety of App Extension modules can be incorporated to extend MiWorld’s baseline – or core, functionality.  Additional problem solving / decision making tools are also being developed as MiWorld App Extensions, to assist in synchronizing user Observe, Orient, Decide, Act (OODA) loops, or activities of distributed battle force participants.

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Empowering Naval Aviators


 

Innovations for those accustom to pushing more than the Flight Envelope

XMD

Empowering Naval Aviators


 

Innovations for those accustom to pushing more than the Flight Envelope

XMD

Naval Aviators are accustom to pushing the envelope, and often are the first ones to identify and embrace ideas that show real merit. Case in point is the rapid adoption of tablet-based Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) applications (such as ForeFlight Mobile), in place of outmoded paper-based Kneeboard Cards.  Project sponsors at the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) already recognize the potential value that a set of platform-specific (e.g., F/A-18 E/F, EA-18G, F-35, E-2C/D, C-2, MH-60R, P-8A) and mission-oriented applications (e.g., Strike, Electronic Attack, Maritime Domain Awareness, Search and Rescue, Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance) could offer to the fleet.  What they don't have - yet, is the ability to develop, test and evaluate different mobile applications to support these needs. 

Like ForeFlight Mobile, iCode's eXtensible Mission Display (XMD) is designed to reduce (if not eliminate) the need to create, print, and carry mission-oriented Kneeboard Cards, Naval Air Training Operating Procedures Standardization (NATOPS) Manuals, and other quick reference documents to the cockpit.  Furthermore, a collection of downloadable application extensions can be integrated into XMD to address those otherwise manually intensive calculations that are hard to accomplish during flight.  XMD's embedded geo-spatial engine can be pre-cached with a rich collection of rasterized, gridded, and vector mapping products, and its built-in follow-me capabilities can be used to dynamically render "ownship" through pre-planned components of a route (Waypoints, Segments/Legs, Action Points, and GeoZones).  Event triggers can be used to change the color (and opacity) and line style (e.g., from solid to dashed) used to render past and future route components.  Multi-phased mission profiles can be triggered based on ownship's relationship (e.g., distance) to an Action Point or whenever ownship enters or leaves a GeoZone.  Today these route components are generated on PC-based Joint Mission Planning System (JMPS) applications, but these too can be replaced by tablet-based Mission Planning solutions in the near future, allowing naval aviators make informed decisions using proven algorithmic (flight performance models) and government-provided data sets throughout the flight. 

Another characteristic feature mobile apps provide naval aviators is the ease and speed at which EKB software updates can be deployed across the entire World-Wide Naval Aviation Community.  Leveraging the Enterprise Store Front model CONUS-based and forward deployed Naval Air Stations (NAS) would provision a Mobile Application Store (MAS) for their local user-base.  Aircraft Carriers, Large Deck Amphibious Ships, Naval Combatants and Auxiliary ships with an embarked aviation detachment would host a MAS for provisioning XMD Apps on mobile devices used by shipboard personnel.  These MAS servers would subscribe to and receive XMD App updates once, and act as the forward deployed MAS store fronts aviators would download updates from.  In practice XMD mobile software updates could reach end-user devices provisioned around the world in a matter of hours.

XMD

        

Coastal Trident


Coastal Trident


 Annual Coastal Trident exercises are sponsored and coordinated through the Port Of Hueneme.

Annual Coastal Trident exercises are sponsored and coordinated through the Port Of Hueneme.

iCode demonstrated some core features of our First Response eXplorer (FRX) mobile app during the Coastal Trident 2018 event in May.  We plan to expand the deployment and use of our FRX app throughout next year's Coastal Trident 2019 events, providing a near real time Situational Awareness (SA) / Common Operational Picture (COP) to land-based, airborne, and maritime participants operating up and down the Southern California (SoCal) Operational Area (OPAREA).  

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