DSTA developed an information system that has led to major improvements in the SAF’s capacity to process geographic information, enabling the dissemination of information to multiple users in a timely and optimal manner. With the development and integration of critical collaboration and analysis tools, the Geographic Information System has transformed the SAF’s geographic information capability. For its efforts, the team was awarded the prestigious Defence Technology Prize, Team (Engineering) category in 2012.

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Today, technologies such as graphics processing unit (GPU)-accelerated computing are being further applied to develop responsive and high-performance analytics and 3D visualisations of the city in a cost-effective manner.

With the use of high resolution cityscape, terrain and building information 3D models, homeland security commanders and operators are able to have a more accurate and intuitive situational awareness picture, giving them a decisive advantage in their time-critical urban operations. These 3D photorealistic facades are a vast improvement from the flat maps and layouts previously in use.

To continue pushing the envelope, machine learning capabilities are also being applied to enhance analytics and generate insights and predictions for more effective situation appreciation and decision-making.