|By Bob Gourley||
|December 22, 2012 01:40 PM EST||
This piece highlights the importance of well engineered systems to extract and move the right information.
Cloud Front Group is known for their work with the best available American technologies including capabilities from Saratoga Data, Thetus, piXlogic, MetaCarta and others. Cloud Front Group has also built industry leading capabilities to create knowledge over raw data and leverage existing enterprise capabilities to serve DoD and IC missions.
Highlights of this article included:
Today, UAVs alone are producing so much video feed that the intelligence community is finding it increasingly challenging to analyze and draw conclusions to determine “actionable intelligence.”
For one, there is the issue of knowing exactly where and when to look, especially since the space beneath an aircraft’s flight path can vary between 25 to 100 square kilometers. With traditional EO/IR video, aircraft are limited to watching approximately 1 percent of that area with adequate resolution.
With the growing influx of data that is being produced by UAVs, it has become increasingly necessary to bring computers into the loop, noted Jonathan “Michael” Ehrlich, product manager, GEOINT Enterprise Solutions, ITT Exelis Geospatial Systems. “The quantity of data being generated requires computer systems not only to provide a means to collect, store and distribute the data, but also to analyze and catalog the video data for analysts and decision makers,” he said.
“Functionally, information overload is a real concern for operators. All relevant data input must be matched with support for interpreting, correlating, summarizing and visualizing the data against the existing knowledge base, transforming raw bits of data into actionable intelligence,” commented John Mackay, president and chief executive officer of Cloud Front Group.
Video is quickly becoming the most indemand sensor intelligence on the battlefield, making the ability to transport and mine it a top priority. Video data has been increasing in a variety of ways, including the quantity of sensors and platforms, types of sensors, and the resolution and the frame-rate of data acquired.
From Platform to Analyst
The increased adoption of UAVs has reduced the cost of data acquisition operations, allowing more frequent and longer duration missions to be executed. But the challenge with UAV video is to quickly and efficiently get it from the platform to the analyst, while also giving analysts the ability to quickly identify priority intelligence requirements in near real-time or later without having to watch hours of unchanging video.
In addition, video requires significant bandwidth to deliver, which places demanding network requirements on real-time and tactical applications.
The Cloud Front Group has put together an integrated package of technologies to solve the problem of quickly disseminating relevant video data to tactical or real-time operators. “To achieve this goal, imagery object recognition and search software from piXlogic is used to scan captured video for notions of interest such as certain vehicles or people,” Mackay explained.
Once identified, the segment of video surrounding the identified notion is immediately routed to any subscribed operator using Flume, an advanced file transfer and synchronization software solution from Saratoga Data Systems.
“The entire sensor feed continues to be recorded and can be downloaded once its mission completes, but real-time operations can be positively affected by this dissemination of relevant segments, requiring much less bandwidth and providing more resilience to network challenges than actual video streaming,” he said.
The ability to collect, store and distribute metadata, as well as tag or mark events or sequences of interest, greatly assists in working with the large quantity of video feeds collected.
Wide area motion imagery (WAMI) and other large volume data sources require an even larger number of analysts to monitor activities if the current paradigm is extended. WAMI, unlike full motion video (FMV), is high-resolution imagery over large ground footprint areas for long periods of time, allowing persistent surveillance over city-scale regions, and enabling intelligence to be gathered from motion patterns and locations of many simultaneous targets over a large region of interest.
For this concept of operations to work, the video processing must occur as close to real-time as possible. This temporal proximity requirement suggests that the video processing needs be in physical proximity to the collection device in order to reduce transmission delay. The reliability of such recognition improves with the quality of the imagery being processed, which generally translates to being closer to the capture source so that compression, recoding and transmission do not degrade the data. Hence, the video processing system must be deployed on the same local area network as the sensor itself.
“Using our UAV example, the UAV should have on-board object recognition processing as well as video capture capabilities,” Mackay described.
The information provided by the alert must include the sensor data that caused the alert. This video segment then needs to be delivered with the highest-possible resolution to ensure operators can interpret the video accurately and make the best recommendation for the success of the mission.
Given the network challenges in tactical environments, an efficient compression and transmission protocol must be leveraged to provide the maximum possible video resolution over the available network conditions. Such a protocol must be resilient against network latency, intermittency, and the error rates common in tactical conditions so that missions can rely on the alerts being delivered.
“To address this technology challenge we use Saratoga Data System’s Flume, a 100 percent software solution to file transfers,” Mackay reported. “In recent testing by the Air Force and Army, Flume has proven significant improvement over standard network file transfer protocols.”
For more see: ”Analysis for Action”
15th Cloud Expo, which took place Nov. 4-6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, expanded the conference content of @ThingsExpo, Big Data Expo, and DevOps Summit to include two developer events. IBM held a Bluemix Developer Playground on November 5 and ElasticBox held a Hackathon on November 6. Both events took place on the expo floor. The Bluemix Developer Playground, for developers of all levels, highlighted the ease of use of Bluemix, its services and functionalit...
Nov. 27, 2014 07:00 PM EST Reads: 1,197
"We help companies that are using a lot of Software as a Service. We help companies manage and gain visibility into what people are using inside the company and decide to secure them or use standards to lock down or to embrace the adoption of SaaS inside the company," explained Scott Kriz, Co-founder and CEO of Bitium, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 15th Cloud Expo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Nov. 27, 2014 07:00 PM EST Reads: 1,323
Some developers believe that monitoring is a function of the operations team. Some operations teams firmly believe that monitoring the systems they maintain is sufficient to run the business successfully. Most of them are wrong. The complexity of today's applications have gone far and beyond the capabilities of "traditional" system-level monitoring tools and approaches and requires much broader knowledge of business and applications as a whole. The goal of DevOps is to connect all aspects of app...
Nov. 27, 2014 06:00 PM EST Reads: 1,058
The 4th International DevOps Summit, co-located with16th International Cloud Expo – being held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY – announces that its Call for Papers is now open. Born out of proven success in agile development, cloud computing, and process automation, DevOps is a macro trend you cannot afford to miss. From showcase success stories from early adopters and web-scale businesses, DevOps is expanding to organizations of all sizes, including the world's large...
Nov. 27, 2014 06:00 PM EST Reads: 1,715
SAP is delivering break-through innovation combined with fantastic user experience powered by the market-leading in-memory technology, SAP HANA. In his General Session at 15th Cloud Expo, Thorsten Leiduck, VP ISVs & Digital Commerce, SAP, discussed how SAP and partners provide cloud and hybrid cloud solutions as well as real-time Big Data offerings that help companies of all sizes and industries run better. SAP launched an application challenge to award the most innovative SAP HANA and SAP HANA...
Nov. 27, 2014 05:00 PM EST Reads: 1,292
Want to enable self-service provisioning of application environments in minutes that mirror production? Can you automatically provide rich data with code-level detail back to the developers when issues occur in production? In his session at DevOps Summit, David Tesar, Microsoft Technical Evangelist on Microsoft Azure and DevOps, will discuss how to accomplish this and more utilizing technologies such as Microsoft Azure, Visual Studio online, and Application Insights in this demo-heavy session.
Nov. 27, 2014 04:45 PM EST Reads: 1,097
When an enterprise builds a hybrid IaaS cloud connecting its data center to one or more public clouds, security is often a major topic along with the other challenges involved. Security is closely intertwined with the networking choices made for the hybrid cloud. Traditional networking approaches for building a hybrid cloud try to kludge together the enterprise infrastructure with the public cloud. Consequently this approach requires risky, deep "surgery" including changes to firewalls, subnets...
Nov. 27, 2014 04:45 PM EST Reads: 1,156
DevOps is all about agility. However, you don't want to be on a high-speed bus to nowhere. The right DevOps approach controls velocity with a tight feedback loop that not only consists of operational data but also incorporates business context. With a business context in the decision making, the right business priorities are incorporated, which results in a higher value creation. In his session at DevOps Summit, Todd Rader, Solutions Architect at AppDynamics, discussed key monitoring techniques...
Nov. 27, 2014 04:30 PM EST Reads: 1,165
Cultural, regulatory, environmental, political and economic (CREPE) conditions over the past decade are creating cross-industry solution spaces that require processes and technologies from both the Internet of Things (IoT), and Data Management and Analytics (DMA). These solution spaces are evolving into Sensor Analytics Ecosystems (SAE) that represent significant new opportunities for organizations of all types. Public Utilities throughout the world, providing electricity, natural gas and water,...
Nov. 27, 2014 04:00 PM EST Reads: 1,240
The security devil is always in the details of the attack: the ones you've endured, the ones you prepare yourself to fend off, and the ones that, you fear, will catch you completely unaware and defenseless. The Internet of Things (IoT) is nothing if not an endless proliferation of details. It's the vision of a world in which continuous Internet connectivity and addressability is embedded into a growing range of human artifacts, into the natural world, and even into our smartphones, appliances, a...
Nov. 27, 2014 04:00 PM EST Reads: 1,605
How do APIs and IoT relate? The answer is not as simple as merely adding an API on top of a dumb device, but rather about understanding the architectural patterns for implementing an IoT fabric. There are typically two or three trends: Exposing the device to a management framework Exposing that management framework to a business centric logic Exposing that business layer and data to end users. This last trend is the IoT stack, which involves a new shift in the separation of what stuff happe...
Nov. 27, 2014 03:00 PM EST Reads: 1,258
The 3rd International Internet of @ThingsExpo, co-located with the 16th International Cloud Expo - to be held June 9-11, 2015, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY - announces that its Call for Papers is now open. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the biggest idea since the creation of the Worldwide Web more than 20 years ago.
Nov. 27, 2014 03:00 PM EST Reads: 921
The Internet of Things is tied together with a thin strand that is known as time. Coincidentally, at the core of nearly all data analytics is a timestamp. When working with time series data there are a few core principles that everyone should consider, especially across datasets where time is the common boundary. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Jim Scott, Director of Enterprise Strategy & Architecture at MapR Technologies, discussed single-value, geo-spatial, and log time series dat...
Nov. 27, 2014 03:00 PM EST Reads: 1,431
An entirely new security model is needed for the Internet of Things, or is it? Can we save some old and tested controls for this new and different environment? In his session at @ThingsExpo, New York's at the Javits Center, Davi Ottenheimer, EMC Senior Director of Trust, reviewed hands-on lessons with IoT devices and reveal a new risk balance you might not expect. Davi Ottenheimer, EMC Senior Director of Trust, has more than nineteen years' experience managing global security operations and asse...
Nov. 27, 2014 01:00 PM EST Reads: 1,631
The Internet of Things will greatly expand the opportunities for data collection and new business models driven off of that data. In her session at @ThingsExpo, Esmeralda Swartz, CMO of MetraTech, discussed how for this to be effective you not only need to have infrastructure and operational models capable of utilizing this new phenomenon, but increasingly service providers will need to convince a skeptical public to participate. Get ready to show them the money!
Nov. 27, 2014 11:00 AM EST Reads: 1,243
SYS-CON Media announced that Centrify, a provider of unified identity management across cloud, mobile and data center environments that delivers single sign-on (SSO) for users and a simplified identity infrastructure for IT, has launched an ad campaign on Cloud Computing Journal. The ads focus on security: how an organization can successfully control privilege for all of the organization’s identities to mitigate identity-related risk without slowing down the business, and how Centrify provides ...
Nov. 27, 2014 10:00 AM EST Reads: 1,312
The Internet of Things will put IT to its ultimate test by creating infinite new opportunities to digitize products and services, generate and analyze new data to improve customer satisfaction, and discover new ways to gain a competitive advantage across nearly every industry. In order to help corporate business units to capitalize on the rapidly evolving IoT opportunities, IT must stand up to a new set of challenges. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Jeff Kaplan, Managing Director of THINKstrateg...
Nov. 27, 2014 10:00 AM EST Reads: 1,196
"SAP had made a big transition into the cloud as we believe it has significant value for our customers, drives innovation and is easy to consume. When you look at the SAP portfolio, SAP HANA is the underlying platform and it powers all of our platforms and all of our analytics," explained Thorsten Leiduck, VP ISVs & Digital Commerce at SAP, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 15th Cloud Expo, held Nov 4-6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
Nov. 27, 2014 08:15 AM EST Reads: 1,287
One of the biggest challenges when developing connected devices is identifying user value and delivering it through successful user experiences. In his session at Internet of @ThingsExpo, Mike Kuniavsky, Principal Scientist, Innovation Services at PARC, described an IoT-specific approach to user experience design that combines approaches from interaction design, industrial design and service design to create experiences that go beyond simple connected gadgets to create lasting, multi-device exp...
Nov. 27, 2014 08:00 AM EST Reads: 1,200
Enthusiasm for the Internet of Things has reached an all-time high. In 2013 alone, venture capitalists spent more than $1 billion dollars investing in the IoT space. With "smart" appliances and devices, IoT covers wearable smart devices, cloud services to hardware companies. Nest, a Google company, detects temperatures inside homes and automatically adjusts it by tracking its user's habit. These technologies are quickly developing and with it come challenges such as bridging infrastructure gaps,...
Nov. 27, 2014 07:45 AM EST Reads: 1,492