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UAVs Help Global Military Video Market Reach $8.8B During 2012

UAV use has been a key driver of the dramatic growth in full-motion video (FMV) among the militaries

Increased use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) by the world’s armed forces is helping the global defense video surveillance systems market reach $8.8 billion during 2012, says a business report on the advances in military surveillance systems.

The report—The Military Surveillance Systems Market 2012-2022: Full Motion Video for ISR—produced by Visiongain, an independent business information provider for several industries including defense, says rapid expansion of UAV use by the world’s armed forces “has been a key driver of the dramatic growth” of full-motion video (FMV) strategies by the militaries.

UAV use for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) has helped FMV—which is video technologies that reduce the time required to obtain situational awareness information as well as improve the performance of existing automated analysis tools, such as facial recognition, targeting and video analytics—attain “an indispensable role in the all-source intelligence blend available to military decision-makers.”

The demand for continued access to the situational awareness provided by military video surveillance systems, and the continued growth in surveillance assets will drive strong market over the next decade, the study says.

In addition, the ability to analyze the increasingly large volume of video data that is being generated by the wide range of sensors mounted on a variety of platforms is a considerable challenge faced by defense agencies around the world, the report says.

Therefore, video data-management systems must provide clarity to the raw data by generating critical information, improve the efficiency with which that data can then be analyzed and facilitate the dissemination of that intelligence to those who need it, the study says. However, those activities are not without challenges, as military bandwidth becomes further strained by the high volumes of video data and control signals for unmanned platforms, according to the study.