The rapid emergence of full-motion video (FMV) technology is assuming the role aerial photography once filled. As “instant access” to information becomes the norm, how do we envision meeting the demand to handle growing amounts of streaming FMV? With more than 7,000 unmanned ground and aerial systems simultaneously collecting video data, will military command and intelligence centers become self-contained, miniature broadcast studios? What tools currently exist at the user level that will provide the ability to exploit massive amounts of disseminated video to perform immediate analysis?
The desire for real-time situational awareness has evolved from the process of acquisition and download of static aerial data collection to the point of “always-on” persistent surveillance. The question now has become, what do we do with all the data? And how do we disseminate the data to the people who need it?
PAR Government Systems Corp.’s vision is to integrate mobile geospatial intelligence with FMV across all computing technologies, from PCs to the smart phone. With technology enhancements in the phone industry, rapid growth in “app stores” and the proliferation of media streaming Web sites such as YouTube and Facebook, many end users have direct hands-on experience with video technology.
Esri is considering PAR’s Gv2F Software Development Kit (SDK) as its video platform to support FMV inside ArcGIS Version 10.1. In the months following the Esri International Users Conference, PAR has continued developing its FMV SDK to integrate geospatial applications with FMV media on mobile devices such as the Dell Streak and Motorola Xoom. By the end of 2011, PAR expects to complete development of solutions for Android and Apple iOS mobile devices. Mobile users will be able to select and view geospatial imagery and streaming FMV from multiple sources with full access to sensor and supplemental metadata.
Harris Corp. is considering leveraging Gv2F technology within its Full-Motion Video Asset Management Engine (FAME) product. The FAME system uploads and stores FMV streams in digital standard and high-definition formats while retaining all metadata within the stream. By maintaining accurate temporal associations of metadata and video imagery, FAME greatly facilitates cataloging and searching, thereby improving the ability to discover relevant video imagery. PAR’s Gv2F technology provides the means for the analyst or operator to view and manipulate any Motion Imagery Standards Board-compliant video, regardless of how the motion imagery was initially ingested into the FAME databases.
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