Searching and Streaming: Full Motion Video Gets an Upgrade

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Looking for your favorite viral video? Many of today’s websites make it easy for viewers to find relevant clips within seconds of search. Now imagine you’re an intelligence analyst sifting through hours and hours of drone footage. Lockheed Martin’s recently upgraded Full Motion Video (FMV) capabilities are making search and analysis of these videos as easy as searching YouTube for that video of ‘cat vs. toaster.’ 

These recent upgrades are both expanding the reach of its capabilities, generating more data, and reducing response times in searches for critical video archives.

Adding to the core

FMV has been a core capability provided by  Lockheed Martin’s IS&GS-National product line for four years. The solution provides an end-to-end capability for ingesting, storing, tagging, searching, analyzing and creating intelligence products that are shared by the Department of Defense and intelligence communities.

A recent FMV upgrade not only supports Narrow Field of View from unmanned vehicles such as the Predator, but also the newly deployed Wide Area Motion Imagery (WAMI) sensors that generate an order of magnitude of greater data than previous sensors.

One of the key benefits of this enhanced system is how easily analysts can tag data with free text, customer-defined ontology’s or by chat. Analysts can then search all the video by geography , time or key word. According to subject matter expert Charlie Morrison, users of this upgraded system have been able to quickly find relevant video; a task that used to take minutes to hours now takes about 10 to 15 seconds.

Streaming information

The team was able to make these significant improvements because data is streamed to the user’s desktop, similar to YouTube and Netflix. The previous system used a file-based architecture that meant the analyst had to find the video file, download it and then find the relevant sequence in the video. The improved procedure allows for enhanced collaboration and quicker retrieval of time-sensitive mission and operational data.

Not only does this core transformation optimize the current FMV capability, but it also is a major step in setting the stage for future motion imagery exploitation developments.

"The team has met our customers’ immediate objectives by leveraging commercial broadcast capabilities," Morrison explains. "Our team is also well positioned to continue to evolve our solution to further fuse other intelligence sources with video. Our next generation system will include a cloud-based analytical framework allowing for increased automation and the integration of activity-based intelligence algorithms."

Posted on October 16, 2012

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Story Highlights:

  • Recent upgrades to Full Motion Video are expanding the reach of its capabilities, generating more data, and reducing response times in searches for critical video archives.
  • The team was able to make these significant improvements because data is streamed to the user’s desktop, similar to YouTube and Netflix.