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Real-Time Tracking Revolutionizes Operations

Real-Time Tracking Revolutionizes Operations

WASHINGTON (November 2010)—In 1998, a spy movie called “Enemy of the State” featured a U.S. Intelligence agency using high-tech surveillance equipment to pursue a lawyer who—in the wrong place and at the wrong time—comes into possession of video evidence of a high-profile murder. While Hollywood is known for exaggerating technology, it can leave some asking, “What is actually possible?” 

As a member of the Intelligence Community, the FBI has steadily built up knowledge, expertise, and other tools in order to fulfill mission requirements. A new tool recently added to the FBI arsenal is software called iDX3, developed by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and implemented by the FBI’s Information and Technology Branch. iDX3 is an enterprise-wide technology application used to analyze, visualize, and disseminate FBI surveillance data, maps, diagrams, charts, 2D/3D views of cities, and other associated datasets.   

iDX3 was implemented in response to the FBI’s Directorate of Intelligence Division to ensure its personnel have geospatial analytic capabilities. In April 2010, at the Nuclear Security Summit held in Washington, D.C., the FBI used iDX3 for real-time tracking support of operational units while managing security. The event was monitored in a centralized control center using both imagery views and street maps to provide situational awareness. The summit was the largest gathering of world leaders on U.S. soil since the 1945 United Nations founding conference. 

The importance of this tool can be seen in events, such as the 2009 presidential inauguration, where the FBI would have had to contract the services of NGA to provide expertise and geospatial operational support. With iDX3, and other complimentary applications, the Bureau now has the capability in-house to manage operations geospatially. 

WASHINGTON (November 2010)—In 1998, a spy movie called “Enemy of the State” featured a U.S. Intelligence agency using high-tech surveillance equipment to pursue a lawyer who—in the wrong place and at the wrong time—comes into possession of video evidence of a high-profile murder. While Hollywood is known for exaggerating technology, it can leave some asking, “What is actually possible?” 

As a member of the Intelligence Community, the FBI has steadily built up knowledge, expertise, and other tools in order to fulfill mission requirements. A new tool recently added to the FBI arsenal is software called iDX3, developed by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and implemented by the FBI’s Information and Technology Branch. iDX3 is an enterprise-wide technology application used to analyze, visualize, and disseminate FBI surveillance data, maps, diagrams, charts, 2D/3D views of cities, and other associated datasets.   

iDX3 was implemented in response to the FBI’s Directorate of Intelligence Division to ensure its personnel have geospatial analytic capabilities. In April 2010, at the Nuclear Security Summit held in Washington, D.C., the FBI used iDX3 for real-time tracking support of operational units while managing security. The event was monitored in a centralized control center using both imagery views and street maps to provide situational awareness. The summit was the largest gathering of world leaders on U.S. soil since the 1945 United Nations founding conference. 

The importance of this tool can be seen in events, such as the 2009 presidential inauguration, where the FBI would have had to contract the services of NGA to provide expertise and geospatial operational support. With iDX3, and other complimentary applications, the Bureau now has the capability in-house to manage operations geospatially. 

 
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