ENABLING STREAMLINED EXERCISE DEVELOPMENT

The process for developing intelligence exercises for the U.S. Army is complex and time consuming. Exercise developers need to find, analyze, and manage large amounts of data from numerous sources. TIMS enables a streamlined exercise development process using adjusted real-world data.

DESIGNED WITH END USERS IN MIND

Upon review, it was clear the legacy TIMS functions required a more holistic design to ensure a smoother user experience. Some of the procedures of data handling could be automated to create a guided user experience and minimize the chance of user error. The team leveraged modern database and JavaScript frameworks for increased optimization and accessibility. Steps were designed to be smart, prompting users to input and specify important information to ensure systems function properly when scenarios are published.

A BETTER WAY TO MANAGE DATA

We redesigned the user interface with a modern look and feel, focusing on usability and heuristics and enabling data access via a single screen. We created map and timeline views for easier visualization and sequencing of events. Additionally, filtering and search tools were implemented to accurately pinpoint and modify data in any viewing mode.

RAPID PROTOTYPING TO FIELD DEPLOYMENT

The ability to create exercises quicker was a crucial element to the success of our redesign of TIMS. The software architecture is web enabled and collaborative, but it’s portable enough to function on Army-issued devices in the field without Internet connectivity. We ensured that all TIMS features were able to manage data with visual map functionality—on and offline—at an acceptable rate.

THE FUTURE OF EXERCISE CREATION

Creating exercises quickly was crucial to the success of our redesign of TIMS. The software architecture is web enabled and collaborative, but portable enough to function on army-issued devices in the field without Internet connectivity. We ensured that all of TIMS features are able to manage data with visual map functionality, on-and-offline at an acceptable rate.

THE FUTURE OF EXERCISE CREATION

Currently, the beta version of TIMS can handle 100,000 data events during a single exercise. We are expanding the amount of file types and formats that can be ingested to make full use of the available data sets. Most importantly, we apply client feedback to leave no stone unturned when it comes to consistently enriching the user experience.