ANAHEIM, Calif., 1 Sept. 2012. The U.S. Marine Corps has been searching for the ability to share video information and metadata. They found their solution in L-3 Interstate Electronics Corp of Anaheim, Calif. In a $24 million contract, with options that could increase the cumulative value of the contract to $84.9 million, the U.S. Marine Corps will receive equipment from L-3's VideoScout family of systems.
VideoScout is a family of interoperable video exploitation and management systems to capture video and telemetry from a wide variety of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), receivers, sensors and INTEL network feeds.
Once received, VideoScout allows users to create derivative video files and still images, and annotate, geo-reference, store and share the resulting intelligent video with others across the battle space. VideoScout helps warfighters turn large amounts of video data into concise, sharable video intelligence to improve mission planning, execution and post mission analysis.
The VideoScout family of systems includes many different product lines that serve different purposes.
VideoScout-Insyte is the software interface for all VideoScout product lines. VideoScout-Insyte provides image and data capture, dissemination, visualization, and archiving of full motion video (FMV). It can also process a wide variety of metadata formats to give operators full georeference position data.
VideoScout Flex is image processing hardware and exploitation/management software components for integrators looking to incorporate VideoScout capabilities into their own choice of computer or existing system configuration.
VideoScout MC2 brings real-time analog and digital full motion video to frontline warfighters across the battle space for faster analysis, planning, and improved situational awareness.
VideoScout-MXR is a hand-held, micro video exploitation and management system. It features a fully integrated multi-band receiver capable of capturing and leveraging real-time full-motion video and metadata directly from L, S, or C band-based intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) sensors, including manned and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV).
The VideoScout-CM2 is a ruggedized, portable communications module designed for ground and marine operations. It can be mounted atop ships masts, surveillance towers, rooftops, vehicles, or other platforms.
Work for the contract is expected to be completed by August 2013, but if all options are exercised work could continue until August 2016.