March 2010

Executive compass | March 2010

GXP delivers outside-the-box support

Jeff Allen

Jeff Allen, general manager

BAE Systems’ Geospatial eXploitation Products (GXP) business is growing to satisfy the requirements of our diverse global user community. Because of the rapid adoption of SOCET GXP® and the continued success of SOCET SET®, we are ramping up our GXP development and support efforts.

Our commitment to supporting our customers’ missions remains a fundamental goal. We are expanding our customer support team to continue the effective, timely, and reliable support end-users expect. On-site support is the best way to observe how customers use GXP products in their unique working environments. GXP representatives in the field are forward-deployed observers who identify target areas for product improvement. Consequently, we can assist in optimizing workflows and resolving issues quickly.

While we strive to ensure that GXP products are intuitive and easy to learn, formal training is the fastest way to maximize productivity. The GXP team is dedicated to delivering relevant training with a flexible schedule at no additional charge. This year we are expanding our training efforts, adding a sixth global training site in Cambridge, U.K. to increase training availability in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa region.

We are strengthening our engineering organization to accelerate the integration of planned product enhancements and increase the speed at which we field user-driven improvements. Our development team has expanded to allow these delivery improvements without affecting our plans to integrate the SOCET SET capabilities into SOCET GXP in 2011.

The new GXP Xplorer Web application is a Web site that allows role-based access to catalog, search, view, and retrieve geospatial products and documents.

The GXP Xplorer Web application is a Web site that allows role-based access to catalog, search, view, and retrieve geospatial products and documents.

We also are very excited to be growing our product line with the introduction of GXP Xplorer later this year. GXP Xplorer is a new software product that assists users with discovering, cataloging, and accessing a variety of geospatial data over networked systems, configurable workgroups, or disconnected desktops. Its graphical interface with map overlay is easy to learn for first-time users, yet allows advanced, federated searches. Users can access discovery and ordering capabilities through a rich application client or a browser-based Web client.

I hope you have the chance to join us this year for the 2010 BAE Systems GXP International User Conference and Professional Exchange, which takes place April 19 – 23 at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines in San Diego. This event is an excellent opportunity for education and a professional exchange — and to have a little fun. I look forward to meeting as many users as possible at the conference.

Sincerely,
Jeff Allen
Jeff Allen
General manager
Geospatial eXploitation Products

March 2010 | What's the buzz?

Coming soon: GXP Xplorer™

GXP Xplorer is a new BAE Systems software product that makes it easy to find and share geospatial data on a local network and across an enterprise. The application is ideal for users in work groups who are searching for images, terrain, features, videos, documents, and other files.

The GXP Xplorer Web application is a Web site that allows role-based access to catalog, search, view, and retrieve geospatial products and documents.

The GXP Xplorer Desktop application uses the Microsoft® Office 2007 Ribbon technology to optimize user experience. Search results display in the map for products that are geotagged. Results show up with an outline of the rectangular footprint of the product.

GXP Xplorer offers two options for working with, managing, and sharing data. GXP Xplorer Desktop is installed on a local workstation, and has the same look and feel as SOCET GXP®, which uses the Microsoft® Office 2007 Ribbon user interface. GXP Xplorer Server is an enterprise solution with convenient access through a Web browser and shares a similar user interface as GXP Xplorer Desktop.

Both products provide data views such as footprints overlaid on a map, thumbnails, metadata, video tags, and a viewer to examine data at full resolution. Analysts can search data temporally, spatially, and by textual attributes. Data is selectable and color-coded by type, such as image format or sensor, for quick visual identification. Selection within dense data sets is simplified with a flip tool and an add-to-cart capability. GXP Xplorer saves search information for repeat searches.

Geotagged search results are displayed graphically on a map with supporting text and thumbnail images. A data viewer is included for examining and selecting data for use in other applications. Data can be discovered and shared by many users across an enterprise.

GXP Xplorer is a SOCET GXP® add-on module. It also is available as a stand-alone application.

GXP Xplorer features at a glance

  • Discovers all data types from multiple sources and fuses them into a single, common picture.
  • Searches using freely entered text — as popular search engines do — with no need to know data schema or build queries.
  • Executes advanced searches such as spatial bounding box, polygon, radius, temporal, by attribute, and within documents.
  • Performs federated searches from multiple GXP Xplorer catalogs and other data sources. Users can order data that is not on the local network.
  • Automatically catalogs any file or document in specified file system folders based on file extension.
  • Generates PowerPoint® slides of on-screen data.
  • Reads and catalogs the formats analysts require.
  • Uses a modern architecture composed of services, plug-ins, and XML tools to add new data formats.
  • Interfaces with Google Earth and other applications using KML and GeoRSS.
  • Adds and updates geotags and metadata from permitted users.
  • Downloads data whenever it becomes available based on search subscriptions and indicates when search is complete.
  • Chips and reformats data for delivery. Option for JPIP streaming.
  • Supports Microsoft® Windows® Server, XP, Vista®, and Windows 7. Other platforms may be supported in the future.

To see a GXP Xplorer demonstration, or to learn more about the application, contact a sales representative in your region.

March 2010 | What's the buzz?

Targeting operator certification

Representing more than 25 years of development, BAE Systems’ CGS program is the Department of Defense standard for precision targeting, geopositioning services, and photogrammetric applications.

Representing more than 25 years of development, BAE Systems’ CGS program is the Department of Defense standard for precision targeting, geopositioning services, and photogrammetric applications.

The U.S. Air Force Precise Point Positioning Program received program accreditation from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency in October of 2009 to train and certify Air Force intelligence personnel in precise point mensuration. Certification authorizes analysts to calculate geocoordinate and elevation data for coordinate-seeking weapons using SOCET GXP® and Common Geopositioning Services (CGS).

CGS combines with SOCET GXP to provide an all-source precision geolocation capability with reliable and accurate 3-D coordinates and statistically valid error estimates. CGS merges commercial, off-the-shelf (COTS) and government off-the-shelf (GOTS) software applications for UNIX® and Windows® platforms for precision geopositioning services in defense and intelligence applications. Using SOCET GXP as the integrated viewer, CGS can deploy as a stand-alone targeting workstation, setting the standard for target-location error determination.

CGS delivers standard GOTS applications that integrate with various services-based architecture systems such as Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS)-Navy, DCGS-Army, Global Command and Control System – Imagery and Intelligence Information and DCGS-Air Force 10.2. Its applications also work with COTS and GOTS electronic light-table applications and viewers, and with targeting; command and control; and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems.

Read more about CGS >>

Destinations | March 2010

Join us in April for the 2010 GXP user conference

2010 BAE Systems GXP International User Conference and Professional Exchange
April 19 – 23
Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines
San Diego

2010 GXP conference program

The 2010 conference program is now available online.

REMINDER:
Hotel room block cut-off date is Sunday, April 4, 2010

Be sure to take advantage of discounted rates by reserving a room at the conference hotel, Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines, no later than Sunday, April 4, 2010. There is no charge to reserve a room. You may cancel your reservation without penalty up to 48 hours prior to check-in.

Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines
10950 North Torrey Pines Rd.
La Jolla, CA 92037
Telephone: 858 558 1500
Fax: 858 450 4584

You may also make your reservations with the Hilton via telephone at 877 414 8020. Mention the group name BAE SYSTEMS when booking to take advantage of the special Conference room rates.

Full conference registration includes all technical and professional exchange sessions Monday through Thursday; evening social events on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday; and the closing session on Thursday evening. This year, the closing session features the final round of the XA Cup.

Are you eXtreme?

The GXP team is looking for the most eXtreme Analyst (XA) of 2010. The XA Cup is an exciting, interactive tournament that will get your adrenaline pumping. Fire up your XA skills for a chance to claim the title of 2010 eXtreme Analyst of the Year, and take home the XA Cup.

The XA of the Year maintains bragging rights until the 2011 GXP conference, earns a spot in the XA Cup hall of fame, and is featured on BAE Systems’ GXP Web site and in the GXP Mosaic newsletter.

Team GXP is ready to challenge you with a short quiz, trivia questions, and an online scavenger hunt. Show us your image analysis, geospatial production, photogrammetry, and mapping muscle. Daily standings will be prominently posted at the conference on the XA Cup leader board and announced in morning sessions. During the closing session, the top two XAs square off in the final round.

May the most eXtreme Analyst win!

Visit the XA Cup Web site for details

Destinations | March 2010

Save the date: BAE Systems user group meeting at ASPRS

BAE Systems welcomes SOCET SET® and SOCET GXP® users to the 2010 BAE Systems user group meeting at ASPRS.

ASPRS 2010 Annual Conference
BAE Systems user group meeting

Town and Country hotel
San Diego
Tuesday, April 27, 8.a.m. to noon
http://www.asprs.org

SOCET GXP® now includes photogrammetric tools and capabilities formerly available only in SOCET SET®. The intuitive interface makes advanced functionality accessible and easy to use, and complex processes are simplified.

Learn about batch processing performance, how to transition SOCET SET workflows to SOCET GXP eXtreme Analysis workflows, GXP Xplorer software demonstrations, and new functionality coming soon in SOCET GXP v3.1.1 and 3.2. Complex photogrammetric tasks such as aspect and slope analysis, terrain profiling, and line-of-sight analysis are automated in SOCET GXP v3.2. Other important v 3.2 advancements include Frame imagery support, additional video analysis tools, SAR data handling and processing, and raster-to-vector enhancements. Visualization and mesh modeling are planned for the v4.0 release.

March 2010 | Tips and tricks

What to do when the mouse reaches the edge of a Multiport

The following tip is helpful to know when a user is annotating a polyline or using any tool such as the magnifying glass.

  • When approaching the edge of a Multiport, do not exit the current tool and roam to the next portion of the screen to continue the task.
  • While annotating or using any other tool and the mouse reaches the edge of a Multiport, a small dashed-line box appears.
  • After the dashed-line box appears, press the space bar to continue roaming in the direction of the mouse.
  • Press the space bar again to stop and continue the current task.
  • This prevents the user from having to add vertices and connect disjointed annotations that span more than the extent of a Multiport.

March 2010 | Tips and tricks

Copying a map from one Multiport to a different Multiport

When copying an auto-map from one Multiport to another, it may appear that a blank box copies instead of the map.

  • In this instance, the user has copied an auto-map image.
  • Copying an auto-map copies the function. The copying function reads the image metadata for the country code and creates an auto-map on the image it is pasted on.
  • If the pasted image does not have a country code in the metadata, the user can add it manually.
  • Maps are stored in the SOCET GXP® installation directory\Config\Country Maps.

March 2010 | Tips and tricks

Adjustments to the SOCET GXP® help system can improve navigation

If you are using Microsoft® Internet Explorer version 6 and Windows XP SP2, you may be encountering problems accessing the SOCET GXP® help system. Changing the Internet Explorer options makes the SOCET GXP help documentation much more usable and effective.

Changing the Internet Explorer options makes the SOCET GXP help documentation much more usable and effective.

If you see a yellow information bar across the top of the window, similar to the illustration on the left, the Index, Search, and Glossary tab of the help navigational pane appears awkward and difficult to use. The window on the right displays an improved user interface and appearance.

Follow these simple steps to resolve this issue and to make searching and interacting with the SOCET GXP help system easier:

  1. From the Internet Explorer window, select Tools > Internet Options.
  2. Click the Advanced tab from the Internet Options window.
  3. Scroll down to the Security section and select the second option, Allow active content to run in files on My Computer.
  4. Re-open help and click Show to display the table of contents.

March 2010 | Resolutions

GXP training classes provide real-world scenarios

If you are a SOCET SET® or SOCET GXP® user with current upgrade entitlement in place, be sure to take advantage of the free training classes offered in your region.

Training classes now include real-life scenarios to give students an opportunity to test skills learned by creating finished products at the end of each course. To review the course schedule and register for a class in your region, visit the GXP training Web pages.

SOCET SET customers may want to participate in SOCET GXP for the Geospatial Analyst training classes to become familiar with the user interface, and to learn how to set up SOCET SET workflows in SOCET GXP. GXP trainers are eager to receive feedback from customers to make sure that SOCET SET workflows are intuitive in SOCET GXP.

March 2010 | Resolutions

SOCET GXP® v3.1 GO! guide

SOCET GXP v3.1 GO! guide

The SOCET GXP® v3.1 GO! guide is a handy, quick-reference guide that helps users learn software basics and become familiar with the SOCET GXP operating environment. The new, ruggedized format is ideal to use as a kneeboard product and offers quick access to basic functionality, workflows, tool tips, and keyboard shortcuts.

The GO! guide has been updated for SOCET GXP v3.1, and will be included with the SOCET GXP v3.1.1 release scheduled for late April. Software shipments commence in May.


March 2010 | SOCET GXP | Software update

SOCET GXP® v3.1.1 scheduled for release in April

SOCET GXP v3.1.1, scheduled for release in April, adds performance improvements to amend the v3.1.0 release, and integration with the Mensuration Services Program (MSP) for classified customers.

SOCET GXP v3.1.1, scheduled for release in April, adds performance improvements to amend the v3.1.0 release, and integration with the Mensuration Services Program (MSP) for classified customers. Users have the option to use either MSP or RULER for mensuration.

SOCET GXP® v3.1.1 product shipments will commence following the 2010 BAE Systems GXP International User Conference and Professional Exchange. Product packages will automatically be shipped to all customers with up-to-date upgrade entitlement.

SOCET GXP v3.1 highlights include:

  • Hyperspectral and multispectral (HSI and MSI) image processing
  • Terrain analysis
  • Video analysis
  • Feature analysis
  • Web services
  • Job creation

HSI and MSI image processing with the new Xport tool

SOCET GXP v3.1 has a new, user-friendly image-viewing tool for HSI and MSI image analysis called the Xport. The Xport window displays a palette of up to 16 preview panels with different image-processing algorithms, applied based on the original image. Xport panels are linked to each other and to the main viewing window. As the operator roams in the primary window, updates are shown dynamically in each of the multiple preview panels. The Xport is ideal for quick comparison. HSI and MSI images contain multiple image bands, each offering valuable data for detailed analysis such as terrain categorization and identifying known and unknown targets. The new HSI and MSI tools for SOCET GXP v3.1 offer a range of functionality for image preprocessing, principal components analysis, unsupervised classification, supervised classification, change detection, and anomaly detection.

Terrain analysis tools

In response to image analysts’ requests for additional workflows for elevation data, SOCET GXP v3.1 has new slope and aspect terrain analysis tools to aid visualization for terrain-shaded relief displays. Optimized terrain analysis results are generated on the fly, and displayed graphically. Results can be displayed in stereo, superimposed on stereo imagery. The terrain analysis results can be converted to a georeferenced raster image product such as a GeoTIFF. In addition, the Line-of-Sight tool has been restructured to display as a range fan or 360-degree view, which also can be converted to a georeferenced raster image product.

Video analysis tool

New video analysis capabilities for SOCET GXP v3.1 give analysts a convenient way to work with video, and transmit critical data and reports to decision-makers. The Video Analysis tool reads and displays live video feeds or saved video files from airborne sensors. It is geospatially enabled to provide a highly accurate resource for analyzing video and uses the real-world geographic information embedded in many unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) streams, such as country, region, city, postal code, latitude, longitude, and time zone, providing up-to-date intelligence data. The Video Analysis tool is integrated with Google Earth to provide sensor position, field of view, and situational awareness for video footprints.

BAE Systems’ MANTIS UAV is now flying, and will use SOCET GXP in its ground station for exploiting still-imagery and full-motion video data sets. With a single click, users can capture still frames into the SOCET GXP Multiport analysis window. BAE Systems’ High Endurance Rapid Technology Insertion (HERTI) UAV team also is using SOCET GXP. The HERTI system captures, processes, and disseminates high-quality imagery.

The SOCET GXP Video Analysis tool complements BAE Systems’ UAS global offering — a full-service solution integrating the air vehicle system, mission control system, and controlled infrastructure, focused on reducing cost and operator risk.

March 2010 | SOCET GXP | Software update

Looking ahead to SOCET GXP® v3.2, scheduled for October

The new Gallery feature for SOCET GXP v3.2 offers dynamic, interactive, and customizable menus with options to preview tool operations and processes prior to implementing results.

The new Gallery feature for SOCET GXP v3.2 offers dynamic, interactive, and customizable menus with options to preview tool operations and processes prior to implementing results.

Many current SOCET GXP® and SOCET SET® users are anticipating the release of SOCET GXP v3.2, scheduled for October. Significant new features include:

  • Video analysis and editing improvements
  • Advanced Frame sensor model including a new graphical block setup tool
  • Satellite sensor models: ALOS, COSMO-SkyMed, ASTER, Kompsat-2
  • Hyperspectral and multispectral analysis (HSI and MSI) and synthetic aperture radar
    • New HSI and MSI algorithms
    • Spectral libraries
    • Colorized results such as K-Means clustering
    • Native support for complex imagery types for SAR data
  • Rigorous Virtual Mosaic display using 3-D affine projection
  • Terrain analysis enhancements
    • Terrain registration and comparison
    • Volumetric calculation tool
    • Enhancements to correlation for low-contrast imagery in the Next-Generation Automatic Terrain Extraction module
    • Terrain properties window improvements
  • Flythrough performance enhancements
  • Multiport Ribbon and toolbars: Gallery and live preview features
  • Performance up to three times faster for RSET generation
  • Progressive display for JPEG2000 files
  • New Open and Save dialog boxes for opening and saving specific data
  • Filtering added to file system view
  • Job services enhancement
    • Tabbed job queue in the Workspace Manager
    • Functionality for creating a command line interface application to submit jobs
  • New rastor-to-vector algorithm to handle multiple data types, including vector conversion for image, terrain, and line-of-sight analysis
  • Usability and consistency improvements
    • Redesigned point file loader
    • Improvements to coordinate systems displays and interaction
  • API enhancement to resolve ambiguous image types on image load

March 2010 | SOCET SET | Software update

SOCET SET® v5.5

Enhancements patched into SOCET SET® v5.5 include new strategies and algorithms in the Next-Generation Automatic Terrain Extraction (NGATE) module for image-matching from radar imagery.

An additional NGATE enhancement results in low-contrast electro-optical imagery such as deserts and glaciers. In some instances, customers have reported an increase in successful NGATE results of more than twice those achieved prior to implementing the enhancements.

In addition, SOCET SET now provides an import for the LIDAR data standard file format, LAS, versions 1.1 and 1.2. Previously, SOCET SET only imported LAS version 1.0.

Images courtesy of the Norwegian Polar Institute

The Norwegian Polar Institute studies climate change in the polar regions. In the two images shown, scientists used NGATE to create digital terrain models from high-resolution 16-bit UltraCamX data of Svalbard, Norway. The image on the left shows an NGATE digital terrain model correlated using former NGATE methodologies. The image on the right shows the results achieved after enhancements were implemented. The NGATE improvements pick up additional details in areas of low contrast to provide more accurate results. NGATE offers an efficient way to process image data of large polar ice regions with little contrast.

GXP in the news | March 2010

Modern unmanned systems make their mark

Modern unmanned systems make their mark

As featured in the January 31, 2010 issue of Contingency Today

Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are gaining popularity because of their versatility, persistence, and the minimized risk to operators involved in tactical military missions and civil operations. The development of adaptable platforms and sensors accelerates the need to transform motion imagery into intelligence.

BAE Systems’ SOCET GXP® Video Analysis tool reads and displays live video feeds or saved video files from airborne sensors. It is geospatially enabled to provide a highly accurate resource for analyzing video and uses the real-world geographic information embedded in many UAS and UAV streams — country, region, city, postal code, latitude, longitude.

Read the full article >>
Learn more about the new SOCET GXP Video Analysis tool >>

Customer and partner spotlight | March 2010

New GXP® distributor: Japan Aerospace Corporation

When the GXP team sought to find a new Japanese distributor last year, Japan Aerospace Corporation (JAC) was a natural choice. JAC was already successfully representing other areas of BAE Systems and was looking to expand its activities on behalf of the company.

JAC, a company of 300 people, is based in Tokyo, with consolidated annual earning revenues of about $220 million. Its history dates to 1951 and today it is a wholly owned subsidiary of the large Itochu Corporation. Its principal business is the supply of engines and other components and the servicing of various types of aircraft. JAC represents several well-known companies in the aviation business, including BAE Systems. Its customers include defense and other government agencies in Japan, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency, and a broad spectrum of Japanese commercial companies such as Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airlines.

JAC has energetically begun its representation of GXP, bringing several Japanese SOCET SET® customers back under upgrade entitlement agreements, while spreading the word about SOCET GXP®. SOCET GXP is a good fit for some ongoing Japanese defense projects, and the addition of the Frame sensor model makes this a perfect time for SOCET SET customers to transition to SOCET GXP. SOCET GXP now offers extensive photogrammetric capabilities in an easier-to-use product, together with new functionality of value to the mapping community such as hyperspectral and multispectral analysis and the latest sensor models.

JAC’s extensive network of contacts acquired through its aviation business will be advantageous as the company pursues growth in its sales of GXP products.

Customer and partner spotlight | March 2010

Annual GXP golf tournament dedicated to Art Gunn

Arthur C. Gunn

The GXP team was saddened to learn of the recent passing of an esteemed colleague, Arthur C. Gunn. Many in the geospatial-intelligence community are proud to have called him a good friend. Gunn’s enthusiasm and professional perspective always were a welcome addition to the annual GXP user conference. To honor his memory, the GXP team has renamed the annual GXP golf tournament “The BAE Systems Arthur C. Gunn Memorial Golf Tournament.”

“Over the course of many years playing golf with Art, his demeanor never changed — no matter how well or poorly he played,” said Dan London, GXP vice president of sales, marketing, and support. “He always was the same nice, affable, fun-loving Art. I think Art approached golf like he approached life, and that made him someone that everyone aspired to be like.”

Gunn had played in the GXP golf tournament every year for the past eight years and even won a couple of trophies. Every year, he urged London to place him on a team that would give him the best chance at winning the first-place trophy. Consequently, the GXP team thought putting his name on the trophy would be the best way to honor him.

This year’s tournament will be held at the Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego on April 19, the day before the 2010 BAE Systems GXP International User Conference and Professional Exchange begins.