The UK Royal Navy’s Unmanned Warrior 2016 exercise has been planned the use of a cloud-based geographic information system (GIS), ArcGIS Online, from Esri UK.

Scheduled to be held in October this year in Scotland, Unmanned Warrior is the largest demonstration of 50 unmanned and autonomous vehicles, sensors and software in the air, on the surface and underwater, with 40 participants from industry, academia and defence.

UK’s ArcGIS Online will allow participating organisations to view and contribute to the plan collaboratively from their own office locations. The cloud-based mapping platform makes the ‘current’ version of the plan always available to registered participants.

"More than 100 users have been registered to access the ArcGIS Online based plan."

It will be used in all three phases of Unmanned Warrior; planning, deployment and post deployment for rrocessing, exploitation and dissemination of information (PED).

The Fleet Robotics officer commander Peter Pipkin said: "The use of ArcGIS Online is a significantly different way of planning for us, so the opportunity to explore its utility in the unique construct of Unmanned Warrior is a chance that we wanted to fully exploit."

More than 100 users have been registered to access the ArcGIS Online based plan.

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Esri UK will also provide an ArcGIS Online based operations dashboard, which will enable observers to view a common operational picture of the exercise.

The company is also planning to collaborate with the National Oceanographic Centre (NOC) on the PED during the post deployment phase.

Esri UK Defence National Security and Public Safety head Adrian Friend said: "The use of ArcGIS Online in the planning of Unmanned Warrior demonstrates how Portal for ArcGIS, the implementation of ArcGIS Online in a customer’s own secure environment, could be a game-changer in operations planning for tactical exercises and for deployed operations.

"We look forward to showing how GIS underpins the operation of unmanned platforms and sensors, and the exploitation of their data, to deliver critical situational awareness during Unmanned Warrior."