The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has developed a mission planning and training/simulation software tool for sniper/counter-sniper missions, special recon, force protection, personnel security, and sensor, camera, and mine placement. By asking the questions, what can I see, and from where can I be seen, the tool graphically indicates areas visible to observers at known positions in a 3-dimensional scene, as well as positions from which these observers can be seen.
The software uses digital 3-dimensional terrain data to determine and display these locations. Additional features include custom range rings/grids, multiple viewpoints, limited field-of-view angles, threat coverage and protectee scenarios. This utility can also be used for geospatial intelligence and determining viewsheds (an area of land, water, or other environmental element that is visible to the human eye from a fixed vantage point) in architectural design.
The Navy Sniper/Counter-Sniper™ software tool is currently formatted as an Autodesk Maya plug-in. The Sniper-RT® software tool is a stand-alone application and can be deployed on any laptop with a medium-level graphics card, with best performance with a 2+ core processor (no other hardware, software, licensing, or training preconditions are required). Both software tools are in use by a federal law enforcement agency and the US Intelligence Community (IC).
The distinguishing feature of these software tools from currently available commercial line-of-sight (LOS) software applications is the true 3-dimensional line-of-sight capability inside buildings, through windows, doors, tunnels, towers, power lines, vehicles, ships, aircraft, etc. All surfaces are color-coded, including interiors, under bridges and overhangs, vertical surfaces, etc. The color-coding is produced as imagery which can be saved, or viewed real-time from any angle. Sniper-RT® renders in real-time while Sniper/Counter-Sniper™ can render an image in as fast as four seconds. The technology supports animating snipers/targets/protectees to create custom convoy animations.
Applications include high value security, sniper/counter-sniper mission planning and training for military, law enforcement, SWAT, covert ingress/egress and reconnaissance, convoy/protectee planning, force protection, and general threat assessment. Additionally, applications include viewshed determination for geospatial intelligence, architectural design, placement of video surveillance cameras and sensors, correctional facilities, etc.
- Shows line-of-sight and viewsheds for any type of 3D digital scene, at high resolution
- HUD displays UTM, MGRS, or Lat/Lon coordinates. Displays distances, slant angles, height above ground, height above surface, etc.
- All surfaces are color-coded, including interiors, under bridges and overhangs, vertical surfaces
- Scenes can be saved as imagery (shown above), or rendered in real time and viewed from any angle
- Tactical air control, force protection (expose areas in defilade), sniper/counter-sniper mission planning, covert ingress/egress and reconnaissance, convoy/protectee planning, and general threat assessment
- High value security and training for military and law enforcement, SWAT, viewshed determination for geospatial intelligence, architectural design, placement of video surveillance cameras and sensors
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