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During ship-boarding operations, the RSN has to work within signal-challenging environments. Ship structures interfere with radio communications across multiple decks, making it difficult for dispersed troopers and the command team to keep track of the team’s overall mission status and progress.

To address this operational need expediently, DSTA rapidly designed and developed a solution that provides the RSN with a shared situational picture and pervasive communications capability during such operations.

Exploiting new advancements in commercial indoor localisation technologies, the team designed and developed a minimum viable product that assimilates and presents reports for a shared situational picture, hence enhancing decision-making. This took the form of a smartphone-based command and control application that is integrated with body-worn cameras and mesh tactical radios, which also enable a robust radio communications infrastructure.

Through these efforts, the team has transformed ship-boarding operations, giving RSN the ability to track personnel in GPS-denied spaces without the need to pre-map or for specialised hardware to enhance mission success.