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Full-motion video is the next frontier for intelligence analysis. With UAVs, wireless webcams, 24x7 security cameras and a host of other sensors collecting thousands of hours of video a day, the challenge is not gathering video, it’s filtering through terabytes of available footage in search of the clips that are critical to your mission.

Audacity, a capability built by Lockheed Martin, gives analysts the power to quickly catalogue, tag, sort and search huge libraries of video footage. Audacity also brings an advanced relevancy engine to video intelligence, sorting through incoming streams in near real time and automatically alerting users as critical new video becomes available.

Audacity’s benefits include:

  • Removes barriers to sharing video and intelligence between users at different agencies or locations
  • Reduces time and staffing required to monitor live video, freeing up analysts to focus on the mission
  • Provides a faster and more accurate search engine that aids in forensic analysis

Video Collection: Audacity automatically collects, stores and re-streams video clips on demand. Using a network of databases, the system can reach into dozens or even hundreds of sensors to pull video as needed.

Integrated Tagging: Using Audacity’s intuitive, easy-to-use tagging system, analysts attach key words and categories to video clips, making it easier for other users to quickly find the clips they need. The streamlined tagging system uses a library of pre-established terms, so analysts can tag clips with a few mouse clicks rather than typing in unique descriptions for each video.

Searchable Catalogue: Using those tags and categories, Audacity sorts clips into a hierarchical catalogue that makes searching fast and easy. A built-in relevancy engine ranks videos by importance, giving users useful, actionable search results.

Rule-Based Alerts: Analysts build rule sets that give Audacity key details on their mission needs. The system constantly combs incoming video clips, searching for footage that matches the user’s mission focus. When Audacity finds a relevant clip, it automatically alerts the user with a video preview that is ranked in priority order.

Advanced Analytical Tools: Users can place icons, reference grids, and other markings into video stills to highlight key events. Videos can be uploaded automatically to a common operational picture, blog or wiki to share important clips with colleagues across the network.

DIB Integration: Audacity plugs into the Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS) Integration Backbone (DIB) with a two-way interface. Defense and intelligence users can securely and readily share battlefield and global video feeds over established DIB networks.

Low-Bandwidth Communications: On the front lines, video feeds can overwhelm tactical networks. Future Audacity upgrades will help users manage bandwidth more efficiently and enable secure video sharing over tactical networks.


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