Introduction to ArcGIS Mission Server

During an active mission, effective communication between users must be rapid, seamless, and secure.

ArcGIS Mission Server uses security protocols, including token-based authentication and WebSocket Secure (WSS) connections, which allows persistent communication connections to be maintained securely. WSS connections allow for a more rapid transfer of data, as the connection does not need to be reestablished with every message.

Another role of ArcGIS Mission Server is to ensure that data is properly communicated to users in a mission. For each component within ArcGIS Mission to communicate with each other through location tracks, messaging, tasks, or reports, all data must go through the server. Depending on the message source and the intended recipients, ArcGIS Mission Server translates between Cursor-on-Target Extensible Markup Language (CoT XML) and Esri JavaScript Object Notation (JSON).

ArcGIS Mission Server includes functions and architecture unique among ArcGIS Server roles. One of the key differences between ArcGIS Mission Server and other ArcGIS Server roles is that it does not contain its own data store. Instead, ArcGIS Mission Server utilizes existing capabilities of ArcGIS Data Store and ArcGIS Server to provide a system of record and data persistence. The absence of a data store in ArcGIS Mission Server also allows for minimal server administration and maintenance during and after installation.

ArcGIS Mission Server provides an emerging developer story with REST API endpoints to add and delete missions as well as custom reports. More ways of interacting with missions and it’s corresponding data through ArcGIS Mission Server is under development ,and will provide exciting opportunities for developers to take advantage of this unique server.

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