Explanations for the AAAC topics
The following "use cases" explain four topics of special interest to the AAAC. (Note that while these topics are of particular interest, all innovative mobile applications that could have value to the counter-terrorism community are eligible).
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Special interest topic 1 - Mobile Data Collection for Analysts: In this topic we are looking for a simple form collection tool that can be used by personnel to collect information on people and places in the field. The purpose is to provide users with real-time or near-real-time access to back-end analysts or analytical tools. The application is designed to push users into a workflow for collecting information on personalities within a community such as photo, video of the person walking, talking, name, age, etc. This data is collected and stored on the device and can be pushed back to an analytical team or engine to provide info on specific queries.
Special interest topic 2 - Georectification App: This app would provide an end-user with the ability to take a photo of a building or landmark, and obtain the specific geocoordinates for the subject of the photo automatically rather than the geocoordinates of where the photo was taken. The calculation needs to be done locally on the mobile device.
Special interest topic 3 - Internet of Things (IoT): A common pitfall of IoT solutions has been the limitations of mobile displays of large IoT network arrays. We are seeking a capability to visualize the values, states or information from multiple IoT sensor endpoints on a mobile device; with ability to construct spatial visualizations such as heat maps and density plots on the device to gather insight into changing patterns. Because IoT sensors may not all be of the same type or provide the same type of data, application must be robust enough to handle processing and visualizing data from a very heterogeneous network with support for 2d and 3D visualizations. This use case is focused on how to best leverage IoT for GEOINT. Specific sensors aren’t currently defined, and the primary requirement/main challenge is in consuming a large volume of data efficiently on a mobile device and within an ad hoc network. Solutions to date utilize cloud based rendering.
Special interest topic 4 - Mission Planning: This app should enable a user to use a disconnected mobile device to calculate a new route based on combination of transportation network and elevation profile data, from the user's identified start-end locations and encountered hazards. Hazards can take on multiple geographic scales, from a fallen tree up to landslide. The extent and nature of the hazard must be factored in reassessing route. The user should be able to update the hazard and recalculate appropriate route while disconnected. It would be expected for data to be preloaded on the device, but while deployed the device should operate under assumption of disconnected.
Topic 5 - Open Call for Mobile Applications that can significantly contribute to combating terrorism: We are looking for innovative mobile applications that can help detect, prevent, or respond to terrorist activities. (For example, but NOT limited to, apps for tactical operators that utilize advanced analytic processes and user-friendly interface thereby reducing process, time penalties, and distractions so that tactical operators can better allocate mental resources and attention.) All mobile applications should be low cost to acquire, maintain, and have an easy to learn user interface. Submissions will not be judged on relevance of data used to demonstrate submitted capability, but rather relevance of capability for combating terrorism.
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