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Monday, April 14th 2014


Ben Tuttle, Ph.D., NGA Geospatial Intelligence Advancement Testbed Mobile Apps Team lead, will be presenting “Chaos Management in a Disconnected World” Monday, April 14 at 12:30 p.m. ET during a GEOINT Foreward Session at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel, Salon C/D as part of the 2013* GEOINT Symposium.
 
When Internet networks crash during natural disasters or bandwidth becomes unavailable at crowded national special security events, analysts must be able to continue doing their jobs.
 
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s Geospatial Intelligence Advancement Testbed Mobile Apps Team has created a capability that allows analysts to continue sharing GEOINT data despite limited or no connectivity, said Ben Tuttle, Ph.D., mobile apps team lead.
 
The April 14 panel at the GEOINT Symposium, “Chaos Management in a Disconnected World,” will highlight how Tuttle and his team have worked with other analysts across the agency and throughout the GEOINT community to explore the legal issues, application governance, and emerging standards for mobile capabilities.
 
“NGA works with a wide range of GEOINT users, to include emergency response, search and rescue, security, and military personnel who require constant use of mobile applications,” said Tuttle. “Many commercial apps are completely dependent on access to servers to function properly. We know analysts need the capability to use their GEOINT apps when disconnected from servers, because it’s the most frequent request our customers have.”
 
The new apps were used by security personnel as part of NGA’s support to recent special events such as the Sochi Olympics and continue to be used by our federal partners, said Tuttle. The mobile devices and apps continue to transform how GEOINT is collected, increase situational awareness, promote information sharing, and enable NGA’s vision of an online, on-demand environment on multiple security domains, much like the Map of the World and The Globe, two products NGA has also recently unveiled.
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