“CarteNav has been and continues to be, a very easy company to deal with having a total ‘can-do attitude’ and expertise in support of aspiration. AIMS-ISR is the platform for a new Mission Management System in seven EC135 police helicopters undergoing an extensive upgrade. We are excited to start using the aircraft in summer 2015 and developing the possibilities moving forward.”Scott Gallagher
UK National Police Air Service
The software integrates with not only the EO/IR camera but other sensors too, including a searchlight and RF tracker. AIMS-ISR ingests all of these sensor outputs and geo-spatially overlays them onto the moving map as well as the live video. Providing augmented reality functionality by overlaying tactical data and street address information on the video presents information to the operator in an intuitive and efficient manner. This capability, as well as being able to interact with the video window to control the camera are key elements of the AIMS-ISR Tactical Vision feature set. In addition, Sentient Vision’s Kestrel Moving Target Indication software product is provided in a fully integrated manner.
Unclutter Moving Maps with Filters
The AIMS-ISR user interface is flexible and incorporates multiple filter options ensuring that the display remains de-cluttered. Although only a subset of all available data may be being displayed, it is all recorded into the mission file and available for review and analysis post-mission.
At the beginning of the project, CarteNav flew with NPAS on several occasions to understand firsthand how NPAS operates. It was immediately apparent that this is an extraordinary high-tempo operation – the crew can be airborne within a couple of minutes of a new task being received. It was, therefore, paramount to enhance operator performance. To ensure this, AIMS-ISR has been streamlined for touchscreen operation with features such as:
- One screen press to take a video snapshot
- Double touch anywhere in the video to slew the camera to that position
- ‘Pinch And Zoom’ for convenient map zooming
- Efficient address and POI search
“CarteNav has been and continues to be, a very easy company to deal with having a total ‘can-do attitude’ and expertise in support of aspiration. AIMS-ISR is the platform for a new Mission Management System in seven EC135 police helicopters undergoing an extensive upgrade. We are excited to start using the aircraft in summer 2015 and developing the possibilities moving forward.”
UK National Police Air Service
A Dedicated ISR Partner
As NPAS discovered just how powerful and flexible AIMS-ISR is, the occasional ‘it would be great if we could do …’ requests began. CarteNav is continually developing and progressing the AIMS-ISR family of products much of which is influenced by operator feedback. CarteNav was pleased to take onboard these NPAS requests implementing a number of them for the first helicopter delivery, including:
- NPAS specific tactical aids, that support existing CONOPS used to coordinate activities between different police units, that can be overlaid on a geographic location such as a target building on both the map and in the video
- Visual and audible alert reminding the operator to commence video recording at a predetermined time from being on the scene
- Enhancements to the collection and presentation of RF signal direction and strength at each aircraft position. This is saved and recalled if a tracker cannot be engaged on detection due to the priority of the current task
Networked Operations for Maximum Collaboration
Looking ahead, there are opportunities to further exploit the networking capability of AIMS-ISR. Each EC135 already has a front and rear Tactical Flight Officer with their own AIMS-ISR license. These are networked so that when one operator, for example, creates a reference mark this is stored on the shared database and visible to all other operators on the network. The network can be extended to the ground where AIMS-ISR can interface with the existing NPAS IT infrastructure and can be auto-populated with tasks generated by NPAS HQ. Similarly, reports and performance management data can be automatically loaded into the existing ground systems post-mission, all of which save valuable time and supports the rapid response time NPAS achieves. The first upgraded helicopter is due to return to service in summer 2015, with a phased delivery completing in 2017.
About CarteNav Solutions Inc.
CarteNav Solutions Inc. is an international leader in mission and sensor management software solutions for the airborne, land, and maritime environments. CarteNav offers operationally proven software that dramatically improves the performance of both sensor operators and tactical decision makers. The company has established a reputation for providing sought-after and high-value solutions that can be deployed on a wide variety of platforms supporting multiple mission types for a diverse client base that includes government, military, and commercial customers. CarteNav is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Provincial Aerospace Ltd. and is part of the Exchange Income Corporation (EIC) group of companies.