Australian Army Deploys ‘D-VEX Systems’

General Dynamics Mediaware’s system to enhance video collected by unmanned aerial vehicles
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The Australian Army has deployed two General Dynamics Mediaware video capture and exploitation D-VEX systems in Afghanistan, and the units are to be used to enhance the distribution of mission-critical, actionable intelligence video among Australian troops and coalition forces.

Designed for in-theater operations, the D-VEX systems have been integrated into the Shadow 200 Tactical Unmanned Aerial System operating in Afghanistan, according to GDM. The D-VEX system is a versatile and portable video exploitation system that captures and manages full motion video from airborne surveillance platforms, and the system also works with commercially-available compact mobile hardware, such as a laptop, the company says.

“D-VEX provides the Australian Army with next-generation tools for real-time and forensic analysis of airborne surveillance video,” says Michael Manzo, director of General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems’ Geospatial Solutions Imagery Systems division. “It will enhance and streamline the Army’s ability to derive timely, relevant and accurate geospatial intelligence from the Shadow TUAS.”

With the ability to record and index video with metadata to derive real-time actionable intelligence, D-VEX provides users with detailed forensic analysis through its comprehensive search and mark-up capabilities, GDM says.

“Managing the thousands of hours of video collected by the Shadow 200 TUAS presented the Army with a sizable data processing and analytics challenge,” says Kevin Moore, GDM’s chief technology officer. “With the D-VEX solution, the video archive is easily searchable, enabling analysts to identify, tag and analyze critical events in real-time for consistent, reliable and standards-compliant results.”