On land, software programs like Google Earth VR give average citizens the ability to explore global cities and national parks without ever leaving the comfort of their living rooms. But undersea, the sailors who operate U.S. Navy submarines in often hostile conditions still rely upon two-dimensional (2D) charts and non-intuitive displays to plan missions, evaluate potential threats, and navigate the ocean terrain.
Enter OceanLens, a Booz Allen-developed geospatial visualization tool that creates a three-dimensional (3D) virtual rendering of the surface and undersea domains. OceanLens empowers Navy sailors to explore any vantage point from the seafloor to outer space in virtual reality or on a 2D screen. The tool not only propels maritime navigation into the 21st century but provides the submarines that represent our nation’s first line of defense with a distinct tactical advantage in undersea warfare.