US Army applies JARVISS software to COVID-19 tracking
The US Army had applied its Joint Analytic Real-Time Virtual Information Sharing System (JARVISS) to monitoring and tracking the spread of coronavirus.
The software has traditionally been used to track terrorist and criminal activity and provide natural disaster information in and around army facilities.
JARVISS was first developed in 2018 after the shootings at Fort Hood, Texas. It compiles any threat against the army using data synthesis. Therefore, the shift towards including biological threats was not a huge adjustment.
More than 80,000 sources from army data and open sources such as social media, news media, blogs and government agencies can be stored on the desktop and mobile app enabling users to make real-time decisions.
US Army Maj Gen Kevin Vereen said: ‘I think it is critical at the onset that we can provide this capability for leaders so they can do their assessment and be able to understand the data.’
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