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Harris Corporation Announces Major Advances in Motion Imagery for Government Organizations FAME™ Version 3.1 Expands Broadcast Techniques to New Level
Posted on Wednesday, November 3, 2010


NEW ORLEANS, Nov. 3, 2010 -- (GEOINT Symposium, Booth #757) - Harris Corporation (NYSE: HRS), an international communications and information technology company, has announced the general availability of a new version of its commercial Full-Motion Video Asset Management Engine (FAME™) that enables analysts to more quickly search and analyze metadata.

The release of the FAME 3.1 solution expands upon previous versions by adding greatly enhanced enterprise-level services, which allow tools to be utilized concurrently across hundreds of systems. New tools include virtualization, a video exploitation processor (VEP) and a geospatially enabled multiviewer. The FAME 3.1 architecture greatly speeds an organization's ability to process metadata by allowing any PC in the system to act as a browser-based client that relies on a FAME server for the processing power.

"The browser-based client speeds processes and allows users anywhere in the world, even over impaired networks, to take advantage of its services," said Brian Cabeceiras, vice president, Emerging Businesses, Harris Broadcast Communications. "The FAME 3.1 solution processes and federates data about full-motion video in real time making it available to war fighters, analysts and decision makers in the format they need and turning information into a benefit to the intelligence community as a whole." Greatly improves ability to find relevant video clips The FAME 3.1 system ingests H.264 or MPEG-2 transport streams in digital standard- and high-definition formats, retaining metadata within the stream so that it can be stored in the FAME database for searching/cataloging purposes. The stored information is Motion Imagery Standards Board (MISB)-compliant and includes geospatial and mission-critical information, greatly augmenting the ability to discover relevant video clips. Temporal and geospatial searches may be filtered further using mission or external metadata. Searches may be conducted across the entire enterprise, delivering results regardless of where the motion imagery was originally ingested. Geospatial markers within the video are inserted into the database as quickly as they are received, making the data searches accurate to the second/frame.

User and group security are maintained in the FAME 3.1 system by using Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP), which indexes data and allows users to apply "filters" to find a specific person or group. Administrators can apply filters to allow certain users access to various video streams, as well as the data created for those streams.

Expanded user and group security

The FAME 3.1 solution expands on the concept of markers, which provide an integration point for external systems that produce metadata with temporal or geospatial references. An analyst can add markers in real time, while a system that is generating other intelligence data can use the FAME marker interface to simultaneously annotate the motion imagery.

Virtualization: simplified system deployment and administration Virtualization allows the FAME 3.1 solution to share the resources of one physical computer across multiple environments, greatly simplifying system administration. FAME components are integrated, allowing for advanced failover and redundancy techniques, reducing the hardware footprint and complexity involved with scaling FAME systems to many hundreds of users or streams, and increasing network efficiency by constraining much of the traffic to a single physical server.

Video Exploitation Processor (VEP)

The FAME 3.1 solution includes a new video exploitation processor, which time-stamps all video, providing a universal reference for annotation, metadata correlation and searching

Geospatially enabled multiviewer

The FAME 3.1 geospatially enabled multiviewer provides a mapping context to a data wall, allowing multiple, incoming motion imagery streams to be displayed as an overlay on a common operating picture. The large-format display is dynamically created using rules and preferences, such that certain activities can trigger changes to the way the motion imagery streams are displayed.

Harris Broadcast Communications offers products, systems and services that provide interoperable workflow solutions for broadcast, cable, satellite and out-of-home networks. The Harris ONE™ solution brings together highly integrated and cost-effective products that enable advanced media workflows for emerging content delivery business models.

Multi-dimensional data layers ensuring the data is encoded according to MISB standards.


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