Mapping and Data Visualisation

Mapping and data visualisation, bringing together the data with the visual, is a path to much understanding of complex situations.

Extracting information from multiple data sources and using that information to create intelligence is a critical piece of the operations jigsaw.

There is a lot going on in the defence and security world but even more in the civilian world, I wonder which one is driving?

What is the really interesting part is linking open source and real time data sets, especially those with a location element.

Some examples

The Language of Tweets in Melbourne

Realtime Tweets

The Next Big Spill

The Urban Observatory

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Google Timelapse

Google timelapse

The Tube in 3D

Tube in 3D

US Military Bases

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My Favourite – Geo Guns, get your tanks off my bloody lawn









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Red Trousers
Red Trousers
January 18, 2014 3:40 pm

Thanks, TD. Always interesting, and this more so to me than the latest post on whether we want this platform or that platform.

Proper fighting wars of the future will be won by the side with more processing power, and the imagination to use it.

Red Trousers
Red Trousers
January 18, 2014 4:01 pm

…. And not just centralised processing power, but distributed in self-forming networks, or localised in non-traditional devices. For example, the technology of Google Glass used to inject augmented reality into a weapon sight.

And why hasn’t Google yet turned its’ Glass technology into an App? The answer of course is it wants to sell the Glass for $1,000s, but if you think about it, half of us spend a large part of each day with a smartphone about 10 inches in front of our eyes, looking at a small screen closely, with a 5 megapixel camera pointing to the front. It can only be a matter of time.

Paul Robinson
Paul Robinson
January 18, 2014 10:12 pm

Yes good question is demand for GPS for civvy navigation, & social network stuff driving the military tech, or the other way around? From what i’ve been reading on US & French language defence sites (ex pat Brit/Ulsterman living in northern France) seems many military users taking civilian systems & adapting for their own needs. Bit confusing as supposedly most GPS & location satellites are supposed to be military – so are the military lagging behind, & need to hijack the civvy network for more accuracy? As long as they don’t blindly follow the GPS over demolished bridges, into dead ends in farm fields, into rivers, under low bridges, across airfields etc etc like some ejits, & use a bit of wit (sense) & Mk1 eyeball. French seem to be utilising more & more civilian systems to save a few bob from what i’ve been reading lately, & that’s across the board, from Armée de Terre, Armée de l’Air, Marine Nationale, & even their special forces. Suspect a good hacker in a war could have half the worlds military forces chasing their own arses & eradicating their own units, & those of their allies. Simple thing like this shows need for good cyber security, & hiring a few “bad boys” to show them the system flaws.