Our first commercial offering was The Forest, a BBC Micro-based orienteering simulation building on previous Sinclair Spectrum work by Graham Relf. We compressed 65 km2 of terrain with micro culture, point features and control descriptions into 32Kb of memory, and mapped it. Wherever you ran, it was just like real terrain.
1999 CREW ~ ESTAB ~ CROW
The process of creating military establishments has always been a labour intensive and repetitive process, fraught with opportunities for human error. CREW software transformed the 3 month manual process down to just 3 weeks. ESTAB then reduced it even further, to just 3 days.
Organisational charts, establishment tables, wiring diagrams, radio nets and loading lists could all be created from a single set of input data and, using drag and drop, organisational trees could be set-up for peace-time and war.
Soldiers moving changing posts between different establishments could be tracked, posts current and proposed establishments assigned costs, and establishment staffing broken down by trade, rank and regiment. Data could also be fed automatically into vital MOD systems such as ROSS and MERLIN avoiding re-keying and human error.
The introduction of JPA (Joint Personnel Administration) ca. 2007 prematurely ended the broad functionality and ease of use delivered by ESTAB more than 10 years ago, and it is instructive to see how far the replacement networked systems have so far failed to match it.
CROW was an unclassified variant of ESTAB introduced for use by police forces and defence contractors.
ADSC (the Air Defence Siting Computer) was introduced to the RAF Regiment for calculating the optimal siting positions of their Rapier air defence systems. GBADSC (Ground Based Air Defence Siting Computer) was an enhanced version capable of using standard digital military mapping data. A further variant able to display a Local Air Picture from surveillance radar data was developed for MBDA to support sales of Jernas to Malaysia.
In 2002 GBADSC was integrated with the Ground Recognised Air Picture Initial Operating Capability (GRAP-IOC) and delivered to the Royal Artillery. This led to a long-term relationship between Cunning Running Software and Rockwell Collins UK to provide mapping conversion software (under the name MakeMaps) for GRAP and its successors, as well as their Firestorm forward observers targeting suite.
With the introduction of Bowman, BAE Systems (then AMS) sub-contracted Cunning Running Software to deliver the GBAD Bridging Capability (GBAD BriC) to replace legacy systems in service with the RA and RAF Regt at that time i.e. ADCIS and RCS. This capability was later enhanced and renamed the GBAD Battlefield Information System Application (GBAD BISA), and currently in service with all UK GBAD units.
Based on our expertise in siting ‘friendly’ GBAD weapon systems we were asked to examine potential launch points of terrorist MANPADS (Man portable air defence systems) such as SA-7 and Stinger.
By reversing the core logic of our proven GBAD optimisation software we were able to offer an embryonic assessment tool called SAM-PRAS. This has been developed since 2003 to become a world-leading solution used at over 100 airports and airbases globally.
Feedback from users continually drives us to increase its functionality and ease of use, and recently we have added analysis tools for laser strike, direct and indirect fire weapons, and sensor positioning.
Our software is capable of displaying assessments and analysis draped over terrain to give a 3D perspective. Initially we licensed the 3D engine RealityMap™ from Advanced Geospatial Systems however, when the company was sold, we purchased its defence interests along with the core RealityMap™ software API. This led to collaboration with Aerodata AG, in Germany, for whom we now provide real-time mapping display software to assist terrain visualisation on their special mission aircraft.
Broadening the scope and application of SAM-PRAS to non-aviation areas has led to RAM-PRAS, a generic threat assessment tool to support homeland security and counter-terrorism forces world-wide.
UK Police required a single application that could manage many aspects of Police Search Advisor (PoISA) work. This led to additions to RAM-PRAS giving extra capabilities for Search (Missing Persons, Forensics, Counter-Terrorism) and Unmanned Ariel Vehicles, both friendly and hostile.