Saturday, October 3, 2009

Video Sharing

Video Sharing: "The NATO Consultation, Command and Control Agency (NC3A) in Brussels and The Hague today announced that it awarded a contract to Lockheed-Martin UK Integrated Systems and Solutions at the end of September to deliver a full-motion video (FMV) capability for the alliance-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan. This will allow NATO to share moving images acquired by unmanned aerial vehicles among alliance members and non-members.

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Photo courtesy of NC3A

The NC3A’s objective is to have an initial operational capability 12 weeks after contract award. By that date, the intention is for ISAF to have two sites for the distribution, storage, archive and retrieval (DSAR) of FMV throughout Afghanistan. This will be followed by a full operational capability with an unspecified additional number of DSAR sites in 2010. DSAR will process the large amounts of data required to display moving images continuously without distortion.

Paul Lee, the NC3As project manager for the FMV DSAR contract, said FMV is to ISAFs current video-sharing capability what high-definition cable TV with a wide range of international programs is to standard definition TV with a limited number of terrestrial channels.

NC3A expects FMV to help detect insurgents and improvised explosive devices and to reduce civilian casualties.

(Via Ares.)

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