PERSONAL EYE SYSTEM
Personal Eye System is a personal tracking, navigation and data sharing application aimed at soldiers, police, security forces, emergency services and others that need topographic navigation, tracking, blue force tracking, and common operational picture sharing. PES was designed by the active soldiers, as a substitute for a traditional GPS receiver, paper map and a mobile phone.
It is designed to operate on an Android platform and uses global positioning system, and other device sensors for acquiring own position. This position is then displayed on raster map. PES uses raster maps, are which for topographic navigation. It does not offer turn by turn navigation per se, such as Garmin or other navigation devices that rely on a road network data. PES can use online public maps (Yahoo, Google, Open Street Maps etc.), Online WMS maps (usually provided by internal GIS departments), offline maps stored on the device in TMS (tiled format), or offline cached maps stored while browsing online maps. Ability to use offline or cached offline maps comes very handy in areas with no 3G coverage or when cost of data transfer is a limiting factor.
PES can share POI (point of interest), own position, routes, targets, reference points etc. with other PES devices connected to the Mobile Network. This data can be shared over the 3G network, or SMS messaging, when 3G service is not available.
OWN POSITION DISPLAY
Own position is always displayed on top of the screen, in selected default system (DMS, UTMS or MGRS), along with altitude, speed, horizontal error (HDOP in meters) and position provider information (GPS or NET).
GPS SATELLITE VIEW
PES uses GPS receiver to acquire own position. Speed and quality greatly depends on the device PES is installed on. Without the GPS lock, PES will try to “guess” the location based on the Network data.
PES can record a track of travel, and display it on the map. Many tracks can be recorded, and displayed, but only one track can be active at any given time.
PES can navigate along the route entered into the system through use of waypoints. Navigation functionality is accessed with the “NAV” button from the right hand content menu.
Grid converter is a very handy calculator used to convert coordinates from one coordinate system to the others. DMS (Latitude/Longitude), UTM (Universal Transverse Mercator), MGRS (Military Grid Reference System) and POLAR (Azimuth, distance) are supported.
COMMON OPERATIONAL PICTURE
Point of interest (POIs), reference points, targets and units can be placed on a map, and/or shared with other PES users. This functionality is accessed with the “COP” button from the right hand content menu. All COP objects are divided into: Reference points (Ref and POI), Targets, and units (friendly, neutral, unknown and enemy).
PES can share COP data, such as POI, unit positions, track reports etc. directly user-to-user, (using SMS or email) or dynamically over a PES COP sharing portal. Later options offers a military grade Blue Force Tracking, and data sharing.
PES Server consists of a COP sharing database, WMS map server, and a user registration and management WEB interface, where users can manage COP sharing groups, administer accounts etc.