Case Study

Secure Collaborative Visualization Environment (SCoVE)

Published: January 18, 2008

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From homeland security to power and energy to industrial automation, researchers at GTRI are addressing some of the nation’s most pressing problems. Their solutions often involve complex designs with highly integrated systems – which can be difficult to present to stakeholders due to the enormous amounts of data inherent in these designs.

In June 2007, GTRI opened the Secure Collaborative Visualization Environment (SCoVE) – a unique environment where systems engineers, analysts and decision-makers can discuss sensitive projects and view all the information associated with solutions in a highly comprehensible way.

The SCoVE features a 7x24-foot high-resolution display wall and seats up to 30 individuals. Its state-of-the-art computer network and audio-visual system supports:

  • Almost unlimited videos feeds
  • Two-dimensional graphics
  • Remote video inputs and cameras
  • DVD, VHS, satellite and CATV
  • TCP/IP and UDP encoded video feeds

What’s more, the SCoVE features secure real-time connectivity, which links the Georgia Tech campus with GTRI field offices and government facilities across the country.

“The Secure CoVE enables GTRI to develop robust system solutions for government customers at an unprecedented rate,” said Allan Williams, a GTRI senior research engineer. “Instead of going from lab to lab, customers and researchers now can assemble in one room and access all of GTRI’s tools.”

The SCoVE was modeled after CoVE, launched in 2004 at Georgia Tech’s Aerospace Systems Design Lab (ASDL). Both environments signal a dramatic change in design reviews. Instead of crowding around a single computer or using static PowerPoint presentations where a limited amount of information can be displayed, decision makers can see ASDL and GTRI solutions in their entirety.

CoVE and SCoVE manipulate data on the spot so decision makers can ask what-if questions and see – in real time – how altering parameters will affect various aspects of a design. The end result: a dynamic environment where participants can interact with data to make faster, better decisions about systems designs.

In the SCoVE, researchers can apply techniques developed by ASDL and other Georgia Tech departments along with GTRI’s extensive portfolio of network-centric and visualization tools. In addition to providing collaborative visualization for systems design, modeling and optimization, SCoVE can also be configured to provide a command-and-control center environment.

“This allows us to provide real-world testing of solutions before they’re delivered to customers,” explained Williams. For example, GTRI’s FalconView (a mapping system for flight-planning software) and GTVC (which allows law enforcement, emergency services and other agencies to collaborate online and respond to events) are available at the SCoVE.