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Improving real-time intelligence for the warfighter

Aug. 22, 2013 - 11:41AM   |  
By NIGEL PITTAWAY   |   Comments
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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA — A partnership between a General Dynamics unit and an Australian detection system aims to improve tracking and analysis of small moving targets for deployed forces.

General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems (GD-AIS) and Australia’s Sentient Vision Systems will integrate Sentient’s Kestrel land moving target indication and Kestrel Maritime automatic target detection software into the Tactical Multi-INT Analysis and Archive System (TAC-MAAS) full-motion video exploitation system.

TAC-MAAS, a development of the strategic MAAS system, offers real-time and near real-time target analysis to deployed forces. It provides full-motion video capture, archive and exploitation capabilities. It makes use of the D-VEX software developed in Australia by General Dynamics Mediaware, a part of GD-AIS.

“We are excited by this collaboration with Mediaware in Australia,” said Simon Olsen, director, Business Development, Strategy & Partnerships for Sentient.

“It brings the full toolkit of a strategic MAAS exploitation product into the hands of the tactical user, with the additional capability of automated target detection,” he said.

TAC-MAAS allows operators to enhance full-motion video received off platforms, such as unmanned vehicles, by tagging and analyzing events in real-time. The integration of the Kestrel Land and Maritime software will allow detection of small moving targets.

The two companies have previously collaborated to produce a processing, exploitation and dissemination system for Australia’s RQ-7B Shadow 200 UAV, deployed operationally in Afghanistan, and in June signed a technical partnership agreement.

“We continue to look for ways to help our customers improve productivity, streamline workflow and strengthen overall mission operations,” said Mike Manzo, director of Geospatial Solutions at the GD-AIS Imagery Systems Division.

“By integrating Kestrel’s technology into our TAC-MAAS solution, operators can easily detect and identify hard-to-see targets and extract critical intelligence from large volumes of data captured by sensors deployed in the field.”


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