Tracking tool keeps eye on assets

A new technology from Computer Science Corp. is designed to help organizations visualize people, vehicles and infrastructure anywhere on Earth to better protect and account for mobile assets.

The global Location Object Field Tracking (LOFT) technology provides a contextual, user-friendly view of objects tracked from three sources: overall perspective, current data reports and historical background.

Based on the defense community's early adoption of visibility technology, including geospatial imagery, radio frequency identification and Global Positioning System, the company expects LOFT to be a good fit for military customers.

'The solution builds upon the experience of [the Defense Department] in visibility technology, including the goals of Net-centricity and Web services for the Global Information Grid,' said Dan Munyan, chief technologist at CSC.

'LOFT delivers a four-dimension, contextual, Web 2.0 interface through combining the bird's eye view perspective of GPS with associated historical attributes and the context of real-time information on location, motion and status,' he said.

CSC developed LOFT as part of a suite of location awareness and intelligence technologies designed for companies and government organizations to protect remote workers, convoys, security and more. It not only provides precise location details but also offers current and historic context so those coordinating personnel have better analysis and decision-making abilities.

LOFT uses a variety of standard methods, such as cellular, satellite, Wi-Fi and WiMax. LOFT uses Web 2.0 methods for analysis and presentation.

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Doug Beizer is a staff writer for Federal Computer Week.

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