Determining position location alongside the ability to text message between crew members is incredibly important to emergency field personnel, forest fire fighters, search and rescue, humanitarian assistance parties and other remotely isolated teams. In areas outside the wired communications grid, the ability to track location and effectively communicate – essential components of situational awareness – is more difficult.
Obviously, the military has an interest in providing enhanced situational awareness to ground troops; and to that point, Navy scientists and engineers have developed a wireless system that does not use the cellular network to provide communication and location information to personnel.
The Navy system utilizes satellites and short burst data (SBD) to provide location information and to relay text messages between field personnel. SBD is a simple and efficient satellite network service for transmitting short data messages. The system also loops in a central command post.
- Situational awareness without Internet or land-based cellular networks
- Short burst data increases reliability and reduces latency compared with Internet connections
- System enables portable worldwide tracking and communications
- System uses a messaging framework such as XML which provides a framework for sharing most commonly used data concepts of “what”, “when”, and “where”
- US patent 9,680,561 available for license
- Potential for collaboration with Navy researchers