Geo-Positioning and Targeting

Geo-positioning, a foundational operation in remote sensing and geospatial intelligence (GEOINT), determines the location of objects with respect to a given reference frame based on the information gathered by the sensor(s) from a location remote to the observed objects.

Knowing that something exists in the scene is important, but knowing precisely where it is located gives context and makes the data actionable. The process of geo-positioning provides the “where” aspect of intelligence gathering.

For many critical operations, such as precision targeting and other GEOINT analysis, identifying an object and determining its coordinates may not be enough.  Decision-makers must know the accuracy of the coordinate and have confidence that it is correct. Therefore, geo-positioning also provides the uncertainty of the determined location, allowing critical decisions and determinations to be made with respect to the position. While needed in the life-threatening scenarios of targeting, having both position and uncertainty is also critical for analysts or algorithms to make informed decisions on what is being observed and extracted from the data.

 

Our Approach

Knowing that something exists in the scene is important, but knowing precisely where it is located gives context and makes the data actionable. The process of geo-positioning provides the “where” aspect of intelligence gathering.

For many critical operations, such as precision targeting and other GEOINT analysis, identifying an object and determining its coordinates may not be enough.  Decision-makers must know the accuracy of the coordinate and have confidence that it is correct. 

Therefore, geo-positioning also provides the uncertainty of the determined location, allowing critical decisions and determinations to be made with respect to the position. While needed in the life-threatening scenarios of targeting, having both position and uncertainty is also critical for analysts or algorithms to make informed decisions on what is being observed and extracted from the data.

 

 

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