Department of Defense

Highly intuitive visualizations allow officers to quickly review shared data and collaborate in real time.

Communication and access to the most up-to-date information are critical to the success of military operations. In many cases, the only interaction commanders have with the officers on the battlefield is radio communication. But audio without coordinated visuals (such as shared maps and charts) increases the chances for miscommunication.

Our solutions meet the unique demands of battlefield awareness, providing a coordinated environment for acquiring, analyzing, and rapidly communicating battlefield awareness. Highly intuitive visualizations allow officers to quickly review shared data and collaborate in real time. By collaborating on the same operational picture, staff can avoid the confusion and translation problems of audio communications.

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Command Post of the Future

Today, the U.S. Army's commanders and staff use CPOF, a custom application from Viz, to rapidly understand critical situations, coordinate their expertise, and manage their response. CPOF is currently in use by the Army in locations throughout the world.

After extensive stress-testing and collaboration exercises, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) concluded that teams using our solutions:

  • Increased their situational awareness by 300%.
  • Decreased time spent making decision (versus time spent getting briefed) by 75%.
  • Reduced share of time spent gathering data from 89% to 32%.
  • Increased share of time making decisions from 11% to 68%.
  • Made and executed 400% more decisions.*

CPOF won DARPA's nationwide Outstanding Technical Achievement award for 2003.

Today, through its collaborative workspace, CPOF allows operators to:

  • See the terrain by viewing and manipulating data in the context of the battlefield.
  • Customize significant activity or intel data through multiple visualizations while automating data entry and analysis processes.
  • Share and brief work in real time across different applications and machines, as well as among multiple collaborators.

By extending the virtual command post, CPOF facilitates analysis and mission planning for separated resources, reducing travel-related risks and incidents. CPOF's unique drag-and-drop interface encourages warfighters to compose their workspaces to fit their own preferences. From there, they can visualize important data in multiple ways, tailoring it to their own usage or to their Commander's needs. CPOF also interoperates with other Army systems, furthering its collaborative offerings by sharing tactical graphics and other communications.

* Source: Four-day DARPA CPOF Command Exercise Oct 22-25, 2002. The experiment conducted was a within-subject experiment measuring the type and length of communications during three periods, each period lasting 60 minutes.