Transforming fleet network operations with collaborative decision support and augmented reality technologies
Fay, John J.
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Current network administrators use network management software to monitor and control elements within a network. This is largely a manual process since managers must interrogate devices individually and evaluate performance statistics manually. The systems provide multiple views on network data but lack capabilities that allow operators to visualize network performance. Since personnel are required to identify problems, interpret potential solutions, and decide on appropriate corrective measures without automatic assistance, maintaining and solving problems for a network can be time-consuming and complex significantly reducing network efficiency. Since FORCENET is a heterogeneous concept that combines various C4I networks, sensors, weapon systems, and platforms, a new model must be developed for network operations. This paper researches an improved model for fleet network operations management for distributed sea-based forces using existing technologies. Combining a collaborative tool, Decision Support System (DSS), and Augmented Reality (AR) imagery transforms Naval information network management from a "minimum threshold" to an "operations fusion" perspective. Little is known about AR technologies, but the potential exists for virtual network operations centers that can remotely direct networks for sea and shore assets through collaborative efforts. The product of this paper will serve as a baseline for network operations in the network centric environment.
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