Distributed Data Visualization and Management (DDVM) is an integration effort aimed at providing the warfighter access to multiple disparate data sources while minimizing the bandwidth necessary for accessing this data. Through the use of Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS), Government-Off-The-Shelf (GOTS), and custom-built components, DDVM offers the end user a single, central source for intelligence and operational data. Soldiers no longer need multiple sets of credentials and communications lines to retrieve all the data sources critical to mission success. DDVM presents a unified, single interface that allows the user to query data from any source including maps, images, terrain, vectors, sites, tracks, logistics, mission plans, Order of Battle (OB), Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield (IPB), trafficability, and HUMINT reports. The results of these queries can then be displayed in an interactive, full-dimensional (2D/3D/4D), geospatial environment. This provides the user with large quantities of intelligence and other information to support his time-critical mission planning, including command and control, situational awareness, course of action, and battlefield intelligence preparation decisions.

DDVM uses a service oriented architecture (SOA) approach that relies on open systems technology to extract and move data through the enterprise. This Net-Centric approach to data handling and display aligns with current DoD efforts to conform to a Net-Centric Enterprise Solutions for Interoperability (NESI) concept.

The user may configure the system through the program’s easy-to-use visual interface by dragging and dropping within the window the sources he needs for his mission.

Bandwidth in the field is a major concern for the warfighter working in a “disadvantaged” environment, so DDVM uses an intelligent data caching system to help ensure that the bandwidth is used only when absolutely necessary and that the data is otherwise kept as close as possible to the end user.

This PC-based system is an integrated Government/ Commercial-Off-The-Shelf software environment that is designed to augment existing military architectures. It is completely scalable and multiple DDVM systems can be linked to further optimize the exchange of data by using the DDVM Client API to integrate DDVM data query capabilities into the existing functionality of other systems. The API is available in a number of source languages (Java, C#/.NET, C++) and allows the integrator complete control over how the data is used.