By Schneider Digital
All over the world, armed forces use digital, 3D stereoscopic displays in a variety of application areas, especially for 'Geospatial Intelligence' (GEOINT), as well as for immersive, virtual simulation environments. Important GEOINT software applications in the COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) area include Socet GXP from BAE Systems, Collins Sci-X and ArcGIS Pro from ESRI, plus a variety of other GIS, remote sensing and photogrammetry applications from Hexagon, Trimble and Bentley and by other software manufacturers.Read more
As a professional IT solutions provider, Schneider Digital is specialized in the development and manufacturing of stereoscopic display systems, as well as the production of high-performance, professional workstations all of which can be zoned according to NATO SDIP-27 standard. Since 2016, Schneider Digital has been manufacturing the 3D PluraView monitor series for the professional 3D-stereo workplace, as well as large-format front projection screens, the 'smartVR' and 'smart3D' Wall, featuring a width of more than 5 m and a resolution of more than 12 megapixels per stereo channel.
All over the world, armed forces use digital, 3D stereoscopic displays in a variety of application areas, especially for 'Geospatial Intelligence' (GEOINT), as well as for immersive, virtual simulation environments. Important GEOINT software applications in the COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) area include Socet GXP from BAE Systems, Collins Sci-X and ArcGIS Pro from ESRI, plus a variety of other GIS, remote sensing and photogrammetry applications from Hexagon, Trimble and Bentley and by other software manufacturers.
Even with comparatively inexpensive hardware and software, which are commercially available today, a large number of flexibly configurable resources are already placed in the hands of GEOINT specialists. The tasks that can be performed optimally and efficiently with the help of digital, stereoscopic visualization technology include the following areas of application:
GEOINT applications have always been the key area for stereoscopic visualization technologies. The origins go back to the First World War when aerial photographs and binocular, stereoscopic viewing were used to identify artillery targets and map the trenches in Flanders. Today, digital, stereoscopic 3D visualization is primarily used to display geospatial information correctly in 3D-stereo, to analyse it and to generate precise, as complete as possible data sets with the help of GIS, mapping, photogrammetry and remote sensing tools.
Today's IT infrastructure, the performance of professional software and hardware, make it possible to create very large and complex 3D mesh or 3D point cloud environments, which may reach down to a few centimetres of ground resolution in positional accuracy and detail. Special modelling software, for example, SURE from frames or Skyline Terra Software, is used in combination with game engines such as Unity3D and Unreal, for the ultra-fast rendering of 3D scenarios and the stereoscopic output of hybrid geospatial datasets.
With the help of game engine technology, realistic 3D 'avatar' models for vehicles, ships and aircraft can be integrated to virtually simulate a comprehensive and realistic representation of situational scenarios and tactical order-of-battle displays. Today, the efficient transmission and stereoscopic display of terabyte-sized, encrypted data records can now be carried out in almost real-time inside secure networks with browsers such as Euclideon and Cesium. Such capabilities enable a wide range of new possibilities, such as the transition from local, VR 'island solutions' to a theoretically globally available client-server IT architecture that is configured redundantly and inherently decentralized, accessed by stereo-capable 'thin client' display stations of any type and screen size.
Various stereoscopic visualization technologies have been developed for different military areas of application and requirements, which can be assigned to three main environments:
Visualization for Personal/Individual Use:
Workplace Visualization For Smaller Groups:
Larger Group Visualization:
For military use, the Schneider Digital stereoscopic display systems offer the highest resolution, image brightness and maximum ergonomics for fatigue-free work and flexible use with a large number of software applications. Both the passive 3D PluraView monitors and the active smart VR / smart3D Wall do not require any proprietary graphics drivers and can be operated with professional NVIDIA and AMD graphics cards. In combination, the Schneider Digital displays cover all requirements, from the acquisition and analysis of GEOINT data to large-format data presentation in stereoscopic simulation environments.