Systematic has revealed its latest dismounted C2 system – SitaWare Edge 2.0, building on the proven capabilities of Edge and the wider SitaWare suite, introducing an advanced mapping system along with a range of features that enhance user experience and improve C2 across the battlespace.
“Dismounts operate at the tip of the spear and are often the most vulnerable military assets,” notes Jesper Annexgaard, Systematic’s product manager for small and mobile devices. “It is essential that they have systems that are easy to use, with clear interfaces and maps that provide the situational awareness and force tracking tools necessary to successfully conduct their missions.”
SitaWare Edge 2.0 introduces a new mapping engine – the same as that employed in SitaWare Headquarters – offering full 3-D capability and supporting a range of geospatial analysis tools, as well as aligning symbology across the suite.
Providing an optimal user experience is a key design tenet in Edge 2.0, adds Annexgaard. “Menus have been reorganized to improve workflows and we have introduced a new action wheel that gives fast access to the most important functions.”
The system integrates seamlessly with SitaWare Headquarters and SitaWare Frontline, giving top-to-bottom C2 and situational awareness across the battlespace. It also employs SitaWare Tactical Communications (STC) protocols, which enable large volumes of data to be transmitted over limited bandwidth and in challenging conditions. Further features include an integrated chat function – enabling the map interface to remain on-screen at all times – and the ability to sketch on the screen by hand.
SitaWare Edge 2.0’s responsive design optimises user interaction on Android mobile and tablet devices, with menus and tools adjusting according to screen orientation and resolution. It also features light and dark display modes to meet tactical needs, and is designed to function with or without gloves.
As with the other members of the SitaWare suite, Edge 2.0 continues Systematic’s design philosophy of having an open architecture and the availability of a software development kit that enables third-party applications to be built and integrated, empowering customers to drive the development of their dismounted C2 capability. The standards-based design also permits interoperation with non-SitaWare users: the software is able to share key information – such as positional data – with other systems.
SitaWare Edge 2.0 is in the early stages of fielding with several experienced SitaWare users, providing Systematic with important operational feedback. Amongst these is the Slovenian Army, a long-standing user of the SitaWare suite which has recently carried out trials using SitaWare Edge 2.0 to support civil authorities.