AGCS Operator’s Pannel for MIAT
Asseco provided the Military Institute of Armaments and Technology (WITU) with a portable operator panel for the ground control station for unmanned aerial vehicles (Asseco GCS). It is a proprietary solution designed to supervise operations performed by the UAVs of various types. The contract was completed in September 2016. The purchase of the AGCS solution by WITU was in line with the Institute’s strategy to create a training centre for unmanned military operators and a unit for unmanned aircraft certification for the Polish Army.
– This is the first contract for Asseco GCS (AGCS), which is developed from the scratch according to our proprietary idea – said Zdzisław Wiater, deputy director of the Public Administration Division, Asseco Poland. – The solution is part of an integrated simulation environment, designed to train UAV operators. What distinguishes AGCS is the fact that it allows to operate many UAVs from various manufacturers (also simultaneously) and supports NATO standards – added Zdzisław Wiater,
The solution is built in accordance with NATO standards and recommendations for unmanned aerial systems. Thanks to this, the AGCS operator panel is:
- adapted for use in harsh field conditions, including heavy rain, snow or heavy frost (the operator can work in gloves)
- the whole mission can be carried out using only manipulators, it is not necessary to use any computer peripherals.
Planning tools for photogrammetric missions and support for many types of sensors makes AGCS a great tool to support image analysis:
- the station uses the Mavlink and STANAG 4586 protocols to exchange information between UAV (mini, tactical or MALE class) and the ground segment.
- the station’s software modular build allows the operator to easily modify the interface layout and settings.
In addition, the ground station allows simultaneous flight control of 3 unmanned aerial vehicles.
One of the main elements of the station is a map module that allows user to perform missions anywhere in the world. It has a built-in layer handling interface that allows the operator to turn on/turn off/modify layers by the user.
Mission planning is based on the generation of waypoints in a two-or three-dimensional view. All mission points can be modified during the mission execution. Mission plans sent to the platform in the air can be modified on the ground and synchronized at any time. At the time Asseco and WITU were working together to adapt AGCS for use under the Polish army modernisation programs Gryf and Zefir as well as for the needs of controlling intelligent weapons.