US Army General Gives Shoutout to Khronos and glTF for Geospatial Data Models

At Association of the US Army’s (AUSA) ILW Contemporary Military Forum, officials met to discuss the United States Army’s geospatial enterprise architecture with the aim to align operational geospatial requirements and the synthetic training environment. The Army’s terrain dataset, One World Terrain (OWT), aims to provide a set of 3D global terrain capabilities and services that can replicate the coverage and complexities of the operational environment. The Army does not have a standard for 3D maps today. Previously comprising 57 formats, OWT is now in the midst of a major upgrade, and the Army is seeking a format that can accommodate the large size of the terrain dataset and efficiently store and disseminate it. Now the Army is looking to The Khronos Group glTF as the ideal open format to suit these needs. With its vast commercial success and ability to reduce both risks and costs to the government, as well as the collaboration it fosters among established leading companies, the Khronos Group is proving an attractive option for the Army’s OWT. In this video, stream the Contemporary Military Forum #5, skip to 1:24 to hear thoughts on Khronos and glTF.

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