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Air Force Awards Contract For Multi-Camera Surveillance System Development

Shift seen toward digital-technology based, Internet-protocol surveillance systems

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Primordial, a developer of off-route planning and terrain analysis software, a small business innovation research contract valued at more than $848,000, to develop a multi-camera immersive surveillance solution for a system called “Tentacle.”
Tentacle combines sensor feeds from fixed cameras, unmanned aerial vehicles, unmanned ground vehicles and manned vehicles into a single three-dimensional display that enables a single analyst to effectively monitor dozens of cameras, Primordial says.
Tentacle’s 3D display is comprised of imagery, terrain, buildings and avatars representing entities such as people and vehicles, according to the company.
Archive queries, user-configured alerts, the extraction of metadata, the ability to analyze behavior (such as identifying when a tripwire has been crossed or when a bag has been abandoned), and the performance of real-time queries (such as the ability to highlight individuals wearing specific colors in different articles of clothing), are all features of Tentacle, according to Primordial.
Tentacle works by integrating real-time feature extraction and tagging algorithms for detecting, tracking and identifying entities with a database query and dynamic alert tools for de-cluttering and illuminating relevant events.

“This is an exciting and innovative project that enables us to further develop our image and video analysis algorithms,” says Randy Milbert, Primordial’s president. “Analyzing UAV video is a particularly challenging and rewarding. We hope to ultimately provide tools that increase analyst effectiveness and decrease incident response times,” he said.

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