COMMAND AND CONTROL
hand in hand with troops for a year and a half to improve
it. The company now is further evaluating and developing
the system’s capabilities with the Defense Department. At
October’s AUSA symposium in Washington, D.C., Textron
demonstrated its iCommand version 2, a follow-on system
that incorporates modifications and operational and process
lessons learned from the first customer, Davis says.
ICommand is a software- and equipment-agnostic system
capable of interoperating with most military and civilian
government C2 and mission command systems, he explains.
By combining sensor data on a single screen, command
center leaders can perform a variety of operations, such
as managing unmanned aerial system (UAS) missions.
The map overlay can display images in three dimensions,
and users can drag and drop icons to represent a range of
functions, such as waypoints for UAS surveillance flights
or requests for artillery and airstrikes. By displaying operational information on one screen, iCommand also streamlines the work of command center personnel by providing
their job and mission tools, along with the operational picture, at their fingertips.
Flexibility and interoperability are core parts of the system. ICommand runs on laptops, desktops, tablets and
dedicated servers. “Depending on where I’m getting sensor
feeds, I’m going to route them to the server, and it’s going
to give me whatever imagery I want on my laptop, tablet or
whatever I’m using as an imagery system,” Davis says.
To maximize interoperability, Textron also builds specific web gateways managed via a company web portal.
“It’s really a simple interface for a user to be able to adjust
and change an IP [Internet protocol] address or a port or
a password for that gateway. We use the COP [common
operating picture] manager to manipulate that data to present it in a better, more cognitive format for the user,” Davis
says. This lets users generate icons for specific systems and
capabilities, customizing both their look and functionality,
ICommand now comes in a thin client version that
delivers expanded real-time situational understanding
but requires no software or custom plug-ins. It includes
The iCommand fusion tool displays
multiple sensor and data feeds on a
single screen. Developed by Textron
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Solutions, the system can be used
to support specific functions in a
command center, such as tasking and
controlling unmanned aerial vehicle
missions and calling for artillery fire.
In addition to military uses, the iCommand system offers
civilian governments applications for law enforcement,
disaster management and transportation authorities.