By Robert Wall

“Eyes on target” may take on a new meaning in military and intelligence parlance as spooks and combatants get their hands on Google Glass.

Google Inc.’s Internet-connected eyewear could also become a tactical and intelligence information sharing tool for first responders such as police or firefighters under a new plan by BAE Systems Inc., the U.S.-arm of Europe’s largest defense company.

BAE has developed an app called GXP Xplorer Snap that allows operatives and first-responders to take pictures using Google Glass and, through voice commands, transmit the photos along with detailed positional, time and other key tagging information.

Snap provides an encrypted interface to BAE’s GXP Xplorer data management system used by customers that include the U.S. military services, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, its Australian counterpart and the U.K. defense ministry.

The database management system is designed to provide analysts at those organizations an easy way to retrieve and compare data. Google Glass would be another in a wide array of intelligence sources. Only users of GXP Xplorer will be able to interface with database.


The technology is being designed to be modular and could also be applied to other devices that may be built to be more robust for military usage than current model Google Glasses.