SOCET Services and GXP Xplorer are examples of online enterprise solutions offered by BAE Systems. Enterprise solutions move some capabilities from individual desktop applications that can support all aspects of the entire organization. These online capabilities can be served across the organization’s internal network (intranet), or the Internet.
SOCET Services is a suite of software Web service products that can be combined with other applications and services into enterprise-wide processing flows that expedite critical tasks. Each service is an adaptable, reusable component with an open interface.
The SOCET Services Data Reformatting Service (DRS) reads and extracts details (metadata) from image files in many military formats including TFRD, NITF 2.1 and 2.0, GeoTIFF, and MPEG video. The details are output in XML with built-in transformation capabilities through XSLT. The DRS generates overview images and thumbnails and creates image chips, video galleries, and reduced-resolution data sets using prescribed methods. Image compression and decompression of TFRD, NITF, and JPEG2000 NPJE and EPJE formats are supported. Reformatting from one format to another is provided and additional formats including MrSID and ERDAS files are planned for future versions.
The SOCET Services Web Publishing Services (WPS) add Web-centric geospatial content publishing to existing data libraries. Data can be published in a variety of configurable formats including JPIP, WMS, WCS, FTP, and HTTP. Published content can be located using standard interfaces such as GeoRSS and KML for easy integration with standard clients. A WPS Web interface also is available. Using the Web interface, users can see where published data is available and access it.
In a disaster scenario, such as a hurricane or flood, an organization might publish all of the newly acquired imagery in its library as JPIP to rapidly stream it to fielded users with low-bandwidth connections. As new images come in, they are automatically compressed and published, and users are sent a notification. Users go to the Web interface URL, see the locations of new images on a map, click the location, and view the image that is streamed to them. WPS has services that automatically purge published data after a given period to make room for newer images.
SOCET Services DRS and WPS are building blocks that provide data service solutions to many users across an enterprise. Additional services are in development. With their loosely connected design, these capabilities also can be extended to applications that deliver data to handheld devices.
Future SOCET Services development plans include:
- Automating tedious but time-critical processes such as data finding, reformatting, and accessing
- Processing large volumes of data
- Scaling up to more users and tools
- Scaling down to smaller devices