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IDPS Interim Deployable Process Station (PACAF)
IDPS Integrated Deployable Processing System
IPDS Imagery Processing & Dissemination System

The Army TENCAP Imagery Processing and Dissemination System (IPDS) provides a means to receive, process, exploit and disseminate digital imagery intelligence (IMINT) data from national and theater collection systems at Echelons Above Corps (EAC), corps, division, maneuver brigade and special operations forces (SOF) levels. The IPDS consists of multiple operational groups housed in modular 20 foot shelters. Some of the operational groups are:

  • Soft copy Processor Group (SPG). This provides computer software processing, exploitation and dissemination of imagery data with on-line mass storage and off-line reference image storage.
  • Hard copy Processor Group (HPG). This provides a film print output of processed and exploited imagery.
  • Communications Processor Group (CPG). This provides the patching, switching and interface functions necessary for internal and external transfer of data, imagery and voice. Free text messages can be exchanged with the EPDS for cueing and other purposes. The IPDS accesses DSN circuits through the corps local area network to establish interfaces with the EPDS, ETUT, TRAC, THMT and MITT.
  • National Input Segment (NIS). This receives and routes low rate data and imagery from national systems.

A 20 foot quick reaction antenna (QRA) is provided for satellite communications. The 20 foot shelters are moved by 5 ton tractor trucks. Power is provided by two power units. Each power unit consists of two 200 kW generators with a 25 ton tractor truck. Commercial power can also be used.

It is plausible but not self-evident that the IPDS is related to the Pacific Air Force Interim Deployable Process Station (IDPS) or the Integrated Deployable Processing System [IDPS], although the poorly attested systems of this nomenclature appear to be similiar in concept.

The IDPS system will migrate to the IESS standard by 1998, and subsequently converge to the ESS configuration by 2001. The Exploitation Support System (ESS) will be the community's common imagery exploitation support system. Both the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA) Exploitation System (NES) and IESS will migrate to ESS by the end of FY01. The DoD is in the process of establishing a simplified baseline of the best, common information systems across the business functions of the Department. These migration systems represent a stage of process improvement designed at achieving a common set of automated processes and practices in DoD.



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