It is estimated that at any one time there are half a million people in the air at any one time. The job of the Air Force is to protect the air that they’re flying in. Constant data streams are taken of aircraft and their filed flight plans to pinpoint any unusual activity that could indicate a threat. The Air Force is on constant scramble alert to intercept if necessary.
The data uses advanced air surveillance Command and Control systems with full communications using available network bandwidth. The vast majority of Air Force bases are hard-wired and network connections are good to home and allied. However, when major incidents occur, the communications system is often the first casualty. With communications to the outside world cut off, vital decisions need to be taken by the field crew.
Despite the spread of mobile technology across the globe, events such as natural disasters, acts of war and terrorist attacks can render all communications useless – instantly isolated and in the dark, both literally and metaphorically.
Network compression and network acceleration technologies have been tried in the past, but have had limited success when a network has gone down. Even satellite phones are not immune to trouble on the ground and are unable to transmit large amounts of data over what effectively becomes a bandwidth bottleneck in an emergency situation.
However, latest developments are now successfully delivering much larger volumes of data to the network edge. They combine compression and network acceleration technologies with content distribution and geo replication, and are already being used for tactical surveillance and reconnaissance in remote areas of the world where obtaining and transmitting data is critical and network or satellite connection cannot be guaranteed.
Using this technology a standard laptop in the Emergency Grab Bag with a pre-loaded virtualised portal would have been updated with any and all changes to the Emergency Plans so it is the most up to date version for those on the ground. If the event is so catastrophic that the Grab Bag is not accessible the information would still be available on the portal for responders to view and react.
Disconnected from the networked world the local portal holds all the data available at the operational HQ e.g. maps, weather forecasts, potential transportation obstacles, and detailed regional information on the hazards they may face.
iOra offers secure, timely and efficient information sharing with allies and friendly forces enabling efficient and timely collaboration wherever and whenever, across the globe.
“In terms of the benefits to the Australian Department of Defence, they now have access to the full SharePoint platform capability – any time, anywhere – literally!”
“iOra continues to be an integral part of the Ministry of Defence, delivering essential software across the organisation. Their software delivers a one stop strategy, saving time, money and resources.”
“Providing timely updates to tankers around the world’s oceans have presented logistical problems. iOra’s solution is designed to allow us to deliver updated information quickly and efficiently.”
“The introduction of Geo-Replicator® has enabled us to work with much improved efficiency and has now been deployed across the fleet to transforming the way we operate.”
“The Regs4ships system with iOra Geo-Replicator® allows shore managers and ships’ crews to refer to integrated data in near real time.”