The U.S. Northern Command is working with Esri, Palantir and other companies to implement applications designed to handle communications between remote military personnel and the commandâ€™s top leadership, FedScoop reported Wednesday.
Palantir and Esri, along with Apple and Monkton, are offering their technologies to address needs to securely transmit information between Gen. Terrence Oâ€™Shaughnessy, NORTHCOMâ€™s commanding general, and his more than 700 personnel currently deployed at various health facilities.
Esri offers a platform called Survey 123 while Palantir has a mobile app designed for various functionalities such as form-filling, medical reporting and logistics.
Oâ€™Shaughnessy said at a prior webinar that NORTHCOM intends to deploy a tool that can provide updates on personnelâ€™s physical and mental health twice a day. NORTHCOM is also aiming to implement new command-and-control practices as part of the effort, he added.
â€œI was concerned about how we were going to control them, how we were going to keep in touch with them,â€ said O'Shaughnessy. â€œSo we went back to our technology efforts.â€
The move builds on NORTHCOM and North American Aerospace Defense Commandâ€™s prior technology modernization efforts to support COVID-19 response, according to FedScoopâ€™s report.