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Tactical Image and Intelligence Exploitation Systems (1)

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MTE-100 Ultra Compact Camera Recorder from Sekai Electronics . Photo: Tamir EshelMiniature Video Recorders and cameras

PhotoTelesis from Symetrics Industries group developed lightweight video recce system (LVRS) which is currently in service with special forces. The image acquisition and transmission device integrates image processing, storage, display, annotation and management functions. The whole system can be packed in low weight, compact system called the Military MicroRIT (MMR) or operate in a ruggedized laptop. For applications requiring covert image acquisition by even smaller systems, Sekai Electronics introduced a smaller device called MTE-100 Ultra Compact Camera Recorder. This matchbox sized miniature device provides the same image quality of the TMC-100 but has an integrated battery for 30 days standby or 3 hours continuous recording. It also supports a local area network wireless (LAN).

360 Degree panoramic camera from RemoteReality, on display at AUSA WInter 2008. Photo: Tamir EshelPanoramic Vision

RemoteReality introduced at AUSA Winter its latest version of 360 degree visual awareness sensor, a single camera covering all directions, all the time with continuous video coverage. RemoteReality is offering its system for security systems, as well as for manned and unmanned vehicles, offering enhanced situational awareness, integration with weapon targeting and improved navigation.

Advanced Workstations for Intelligence Analysts

Lockheed Martin is promising to revolutionize the way intelligence analysts and planners see the world and work with imagery data. For image processing and exploitation at a large scale, the company is promoting its version of analyst workstations, implementing the Global Visualization Services (Global ViSe) and Analyst Roundtable. Global Vise is creating an immersive visualization tool vastly improving the understanding situations and managing operations. The system is integrating layers upon layers of discrete data in an intuitive and dynamic interface, eliminating the need to access each database individually. Users can access images, targets or reports using 'point-and-click on geographically represented map, aerial photo or design.

Overwatch, now an established member of the Textron Systems group, is implementing its software applications with the workstations the Army is deploying for operating with the Distributed Common Ground System – Army (DCGS-A) segment of the joint DoD wide intelligence network. The U.S. Army is accelerating DCGS-A upgrades to improve the level of military intelligence support in theater. Upgrades planned within the next 24 months will streamline deployed systems with V3 configuration which will establish commonality and interoperability among analysts, focusing intelligence efforts on analytical thinking instead of repetitive data entry, and reduce training burdens by eliminating tools with similar capabilities. This version will also incorporate the AXIS Pro link analysis software from Overwatch, a new link building tool assisting analysts to discover and extract information more effectively and distribute it faster to the supported units.

SAIC is also introducing the Champion, Counter-Intelligence, Human intelligence (CI/HUMINT) advanced modernization program. While information generated by automatic or manually controlled sensors is flooding the network, HUMINT information sources are less abundant. Separating valuable information from 'chaff' is difficult and work intensive and most often, the flow of HUMINT slows down to a mere trickle, in contrast to the information flood coming from networked sensors. The Champion program has addresses this shortfall. While the HUMINT collection process remains unchanged, Champion optimizes the reporting of critical intelligence, by tagging and referencing the relevant elements in the reports, applying XML-tagging routines, providing geo-referencing and enabling web services. This process improves the analyst's link to intelligence collection across the tactical level and up to the national level. The program has already demonstrated improvement in reporting capabilities with the current portal-based service providing geo-referenced visualization of the collection operations management mission. This portal is being transitioned into an operational system and is expected to become a fully integrated system next year (FY09).

Warfighters take a four-dimmensional Introductory tour of the battlespace

A different image processing system is currently in development at SAIC. The 4DAR is a photorealistic application, accurate down to the graffiti on buildings walls simultaneously presenting three-dimensional photorealistic terrain, intelligence data and time (the fourth dimension of 4DAR). The system enables soldiers to see, experience and understand their future areas of operations – from the boots on the ground perspective – even before they leave home station.