CLIFTON PARK, N.Y., 28 Sept 2008. Image analysis experts from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in Arlington, Va., need an imaging and data-retrieval tool to help pull important information from archived and streaming video gathered from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) like Predator and Global Hawk.
To achieve this, they are turning to Kitware Inc. in Clifton Park, N.Y., to develop a video-retrieval tool that integrates computer vision, video data indexing, and content-based retrieval to filter and rank content in archived and streaming video.
Kitware won a $6.7 million DARPA contract to develop the prototype Video and Image-Based Retrieval and Analysis Tool (VIBRANT), which will be part of DARPA's Video and Image Retrieval and Analysis Tool (VIRAT) program.
VIRAT seeks to present the most high-value intelligence content to analysts to reduce workload per mission and improve the quality of video intelligence information. Today's video analysis for Predator and other aerial video surveillance platforms is labor intensive, and limited to metadata queries, manual annotations, and "fast forward" examination of clips.
For more information contact Kitware online at www.kitware.com.