What is "ISTAR"?
ISTAR is a commonly-used military acronym that stands for: Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance.
What is LPD's ISTAR Portal?
ISTAR Portal is a graphical, map based tool that displays both real-time and historical information in a live feed, across multiple categories:
The feed includes a geographical database of key locations, past security incidents, and current intelligence information including threat warnings.
Where appropriate, surveillance data can be provided through the ISTAR portal: from vehicle or personnel tracking, through to upload of imagery.
Refers to the detection, identification and location of a hostile actor in sufficient detail to permit deployment / use of effective countermeasures.
Extending the utility of the tool, LPD's ISTAR Portal also enables detailed logging and virtual run-through of reconnaissance taskings.
How does it work?
Data is collected by LPD from a wide range of open and closed sources, analysed, and processed onto a database by the Int Cell.
LPD collates information from its own ground teams, local national staff, and contact network, as well as from client personnel movements, security forces, diplomatic and intelligence agency sources, and open source information.
Clients access a server-based link to the ISTAR Portal, which displays in Google Earth™ in parallel to existing Blue Force Tracking systems such as Track24™; or which can be viewed on a stand-alone basis via the secure area of this website.
For full functionality, including live alerts of threat reporting to ground teams and Ops Rooms, clients can use LPD’s existing geo-fence boundaries or define their own boundaries.
Does it work on iOS and Android?
ISTAR Portal works seamlessly on Windows, Mac, iOS and Android devices - requiring only download of the Google Earth software, and a license subscription to LPD's ISTAR services.
Due to the differences in screen size and user interface between mobile devices and traditional computers, some aspects of ISTAR are accessed differently on mobile devices; but mobile devices have access to all content and functionality via 3G or WiFi.
Does it integrate with tracking systems?
ISTAR Portal integrates seamlessly with common Blue-Force Tracking systems such as Track24 or Spot. In the unlikely event that a client's existing tracking systems are not compatible with ISTAR, the system nevertheless adds considerable value in operations planning and intelligence gathering.