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OSI-Common Operational Picture (COP)


COP Technical Approach upon Data Feed

The main Idea of the COP application is that we feed the system with different types of data:

  • Geographic Information (Raster, S57, S63, WGS84 formats, Satellite Images etc.).
  • “Geocoded” Data output from a device (Radars, UAVs, AIS , NAVtex devices etc.)

Each type of information is posed on a layer and COP makes information layering. We then simply query positions or “facts” on a map layer.
We refer to “geocoded” data output, since the data should somehow include (automatically: via the protocol itself or through the application layer that collects the data from the devices) geographic information (X, Y, Z dimensions). In other words even if the information is not geo-referenced the software applies this geo reference using other indicators.

“Geocoded” Data output from a device (Radars, UAVs, AIS , NAVtex devices etc.). How this is implemented.

COP’s philosophy in managing data, was implemented in ECPINS, a small part of COP, made especially for War Ships and maritime environment.
A live example of this installation is the Psara (FG-454) Hellenic Navy Frigate, 2009 flagship of the European Navy Force in Somalia. The ship has a small part of the COP application running on board. It is a Vessel Navigation Systems. This LAN enabled application uses Serial to Ethernet modules, converting several RS232, RS422, RS485 and Video signals to IP protocol signal. The ship’s bridge has input from the following sensors/indicators.

  • Racal Decca ARPA Radar (Software Issue 1 or 6)
  • MNS 2000 military GPS
  • Heading Sensors
  • Bridge-Master Radar (Analog Video output signal)
  • AIS device for monitoring commercial ships.
  • 2 extra Garmin GPS devices.
  • The ship’s battle station –STAKOS system.
  • And many more.

All those sensors output their data via a Belden-type cabling to a Multiserial to Ethernet Converter (similar to the one shown on the right). The information is tagged with ship’s time and positioned on its layer using geographic information taken from the “GPS devices team”, Gyro, Gyro-Compass, Radars, all on a layered schema.

The captain and the bridge-crew have all the information they need on several monitors. In a way they can manage the ship’s course “without being on-board”.

Through this W-ECTIS solution, the Psara Frigate, as any other ship that may have it, can be connected with central COP application installed in the Hellenic Navy HQs (NATO COMEDEAST WAR HEADQUARTERS in Agia Paraskevi, Athens) or at any other intended HQ.
The same philosophy is used in COP, as ECPINS is a small part of it, made especially for War Ships. All the information is stored in an ORACLE or Microsoft SQL database and is displayed to COP clients around a LAN or a WAN.

COP Data Flow Chart

    • Server for geo-spatial data such as ENC, DTED, AML and other Geo-spatial data types
    • Combines several types of geospatial data into one mosaic image
    • Camera or CCTV video data may also be displayed at Command or Field Officer level.

This can be easily inserted on a specific layer since the user of the device sends his position back to headquarters along with the data or the video. The video or the data in general are automatically Geo-referenced in this way, since protocol is sometimes analog and does not support extra geo-reference tagging.

    • Uses the image as an underlay or overlay for any application.
    • Produces seamless geo-referenced images very quickly and does not require high network bandwidth
    • Can display a common operational picture to several different systems simultaneously
    • Can integrate into legacy systems or be used to create new applications
    • Runs on Windows Server 2000, 2003, 2008 and Sun Solaris 9

COP-IDS® - “Multi-fuel” Display

    • Support for all common geo-spatial data formats
      1. Raster- BSB, ARCS
      2. Vector- S-57, S-63, DNC & TOD
      3. Land Map formats- DTED
    • Specialised geo-spatial data formats
      1. C-MAP
      2. NTX
      3. Additional Military Layers (AMLs)
      4. Controlled Image Base (CIB) Satellite Imagery
      5. NGA Digest Data (VPF and RPF)
    • Displays multiple data types simultaneously

Coast Guard Applications

    • Ability of the system to use already prepared S57 charts of the Hellenic Navy.
    • Ability to work with ECPINS systems and data.
    • Ability to query already created databases.
    • Ability to take input from Radars and Sensors.
    • Ability to take information on position from the Hellenic Navy or military systems.
    • Ability to track Hellenic Coast Guard vehicles (terrain and sea).
    • Search & Rescue Missions and co-operation with MoD Forces.
COP Web Client

Since we have to deal with too much information displaying, we organize users in groups that need same level of information. Those are deployed in custom Intranet and Web enabled applications accessed by Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox for browsing and displaying information that the user is prearranged to deal with

Further info can be found at OSI Geospatial Official Website


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