New surveillance tracker launched

Aug. 2, 2011 at 11:39 AM
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ROMSEY, England, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- A moving target indicator that tracks and maps vehicle and personnel movement within real-time UAV surveillance footage has been launched in Britain.

Roke Manor Research says its VTA system reduces the risk of an operator missing key events on long unmanned-aerial-vehicle surveillance missions by automatically alerting operators to moving vehicles and personnel.

The system provides visualization of the motion on a map for improved situational awareness. For example, changes in behavior can be identified by comparing the current flow of vehicles and personnel with historical data.

VTA also allows real-time UAV video to be overlaid onto existing satellite images so operators can identify the precise location of unusual activity and quickly share that information.

VTA enables rapid forensic analysis during mission debriefings or after a major event by allowing operators to filter and replay recorded tracks through a simple "click-to-replay" interface. Recorded tracks are automatically tagged with metadata such as location, speed and direction. Operators can filter or search for data of interest using the tags to speed the review process and provide actionable intelligence.

"Moving target indication systems are proving increasingly valuable in counter-insurgency battle situations," said Robert Whitehouse, Business Development manager at Roke Manor Research. "Roke's innovative development of VTA takes this technology to another level by increasing operators' ability to provide actionable intelligence significantly faster than ever before to support operations on the ground.

"Using this application, users are able to detect, track, record, visualize, review and disseminate information about vehicle and personnel movement," he said.

VTA is a software plug-in compatible with all common operating systems for use with both visible band and infrared video imagery.

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