Enhancing Real-time Video Technology for Military ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance)
DefenceIQ.com reports that the requirement for intelligence information is today at an all time high. Manned and unmanned military platforms have spiked both in number and in overall capability, each acting as individual data sponges on every mission and helping to piece together the wider battlefield picture.
The objective across most forces is to now have at their disposal full motion video awareness at any time of the day, achieving this visualisation by inter-changing between electro-optical feed when the sun is up and infrared feed when it’s not.
Enabling commanders to simply dismiss the fog of war in this way is of huge benefit, allowing forces to engage on its own terms, saving time and cost.
This is all the more true in irregular scenarios in which pockets of adversaries aim to fight their battles from covert hiding holes, and where the adversary itself is not always visually identifiable amid civilian populations without the use of high resolution airborne cameras.
As such, the use of full motion video (FMV) technology and processing to reduce the time required to obtain situational awareness information as well as improve the performance of existing automated analysis tools, such as facial recognition, targeting and video analytics is becoming a priority for defence budgets. Last year, U.S. government spending on military video surveillance systems reached over $8 billion, and rose further still over 2012.