Military and ISR operations are inundated with vast amounts of data collected from an expanding network of sources, including sensor data from UAS, satellites, and remote monitoring stations. To address the challenge of providing the most advanced technology for military applications, COTS suppliers are redesigning systems from the ground up and extending the capability of commercial components. A new breed of ruggedized servers designed to use COTS motherboards offers a versatile platform that can keep up with complex and ever increasing processing demands.
Live full-motion video (FMV) from unmanned aerial systems has become indispensable in military and intelligence operations. New open-architecture image processing technology is available to provide a level of visual clarity that has never been possible before. Sophisticated image enhancement algorithms that have successfully been used on still images can now be applied to FMV. Image processing algorithms are computationally intensive, requiring the processing of multiple video streams at 30 frames per second in real-time, with zero latency. This can now be achieved using an advanced platform capable of parallel processing at virtually unlimited speed.