Who are they?
Department 13, based in McLean, Virginia, USA, "delivers innovative technological solutions that transform military, intelligence, and law enforcement operations. [...] [They] apply [their] unrivalled expertise in Software, Electronics, and RF Exploitation to change the face of strategic and tactical operations."
What did I do, when, where?
I worked on a project for them in March and April of 2012, fully remotely except for a few meetings within easy driving distance. The purpose of the project was to demonstrate what could be done with the data from a technique they had developed for tracking the whereabouts of certain devices. What sort of devices, and how they track them, I am not at liberty to say.
- Let the user designate which devices are "of interest", via unique IDs
- Use a slider to move back and forth through time
- Use buttons to move back and forth through time, event by event, paying attention only to events that involve a "device of interest"
- Show the current location, and "tracks", of each "device of interest"
- Zoom the map in and out, see which devices were in the current area at a given time, tag any subset of them as being "of interest", or see only which "devices of interest" are in the area
- Show which devices were associated with any set of certain key locations, and vice-versa, allowing the user to apply this association repeatedly
- Show how any given device or key location is related to another device or key location, via such associations
- Optionally, automatically zoom in/out to include all current locations and tracks
I also participated in brainstorming sessions and other meetings, about possibilities such as creating a Palantir plug-in to exploit this data.
What did they say?
What did I use?
Technologies, techniques, tools, etc. I used there: