Primordial

Ground Guidance®

Ground GuidanceGround Guidance is patented software that plans fast and concealed routes on- and off-road for dismounted and mounted soldiers.  Primordial developed Ground Guidance under contracts with the Army Geospatial Center (AGC); Communications-Electronics Research, Development, and Engineering Center (CERDEC); Product Manager (PM) Movement Tracking System (MTS); Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA); and others.

What products are available?

  • Ground Guidance SDK. Ground Guidance SDK is a .NET DLL written in C# that runs on Windows as well as Android and Linux (via Mono).
  • Ground Guidance Web Service. Ground Guidance Web Service is a .NET web service that supports SOAP and HTTP protocols.

What can it do?

  • Fast route. Ground Guidance generates the fastest route between two points.
  • Movement projection. Movement projection enables one to predict the likely location of an entity (e.g. a downed pilot or sniper fleeing an area) given a last known location, travel duration, and transportation mode.
  • Urban routing. In addition to routing in mountainous and woodland terrain, Ground Guidance supports urban routing.
  • Alternate routes. Ground Guidance supports planning any number of alternate routes between two points.  This facilitates planning primary, alternate, contingent, and emergency (PACE) routes before or during a mission.
  • Intervisibility. Ground Guidance analyzes man-made and natural features to calculate accurate view sheds.  Ground Guidance is unique in that it incorporates an optical vegetation penetration model to perform its analysis.
  • Road routing. In addition to off-road routing, Ground Guidance supports performing state-of-the-art on-road routing for tactical and logistical vehicles.  Ground Guidance supports displaying turn-by-turn directions and preferentially routing along main supply routes (MSRs) and alternate supply routes (ASRs).
  • Randomized routes. Ground Guidance supports generating randomized routes to reduce predictability during patrols and commutes.
  • Multi-resolution routing. To achieve rapid rerouting on resource-constrained handheld platforms, Primordial developed a patent-pending multi-resolution routing algorithm that starts with a coarse map and refines routes over time.
  • Differential routing. In addition to fast and concealed routes, Ground Guidance supports maximizing relative advantage along a route.  
    Route check.  Similar to Microsoft Word’s spell check, Ground Guidance’s route check highlights potential dangers along a route (e.g. steep terrain, marshy areas, and exposed positions).
  • Graphic processing unit (GPU) routing. To leverage the hundreds of GPUs present on modern graphics cards, Primordial developed a GPU-based routing algorithm that is 22X faster than the CPU-based equivalent.

What maps are available?

Ground Guidance Map ServerPrimordial's Ground Guidance map server makes it easy to download maps on demand with 3 simple steps:

  1. Zoom to a location
  2. Draw a bounding box
  3. Download the map

Primordial's map server software can be used on a local server or on a public facing website. The server is pre-populated with the elevation and land cover data data needed to generate a Ground Guidance route-able map.

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