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Virtual Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Evaluation Environment

Rahim Jassemi-Zargani, Wayne Robbins, Chris Helleur, Sean Bourdon, Nathan Kashyap and David Campbell

The 2010 Summer Computer Simulation Conference (SCSC 10)
Ottawa, Canada, July 11-14, 2010


Assessing the utility of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) sensors and sensor architectures in mission effectiveness is a complex task. Sensor tasking; data collection, processing, exploitation, dissemination, analysis and system evaluation must all be taken into account. Because sensors are costly to develop and integrate into an existing system, there is significant benefit in evaluating them in a synthetic environment. Ideally, such an environment should be capable of modelling different ISR sensors, data processing and exploitation techniques, as well as encompassing evaluation methods, thereby making it capable of modelling not just sensors, but also the architectures in which they are embedded. By having the flexibility to accommodate varying levels of fidelity, the environment can serve a full range of end-users from strategic planners to system developers and operators. Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) is developing a Virtual ISR Evaluation Environment (VIEE), which allows users to evaluate the performance of individual sensors and sensor architectures. VIEE is being built using a Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) framework, thus providing the flexibility to link to other such environments for sharing information and functionality as required. This paper will present the design and components of VIEE as well as a methodology for the performance evaluation of different types of ISR sensors.

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