US: MotionDSP, provider of video analytics software, has commercially launched IKENA WAMI (Wide Area Motion Imagery) software suite, providing the private sector the ability to rapidly scan and analyse footage of large areas taken from fixed, drone, or satellite cameras.
While originally developed with commercial applications in mind, IKENA WAMI was quickly identified by the United States armed forces as a solution that could provide real-time, advanced intelligence from video captures of large areas of terrain. With the software, analysts have been able to have fidelity imagery and analytics of an entire town or city, rather than traditional video’s view of just a city block or building. The company claims that this type of technology and its capabilities will become increasingly important in the private sector as the market for commercial satellites and drones continues to grow.
“IKENA WAMI provides a whole new level of analytics and insight to images and video with its ability to track the movement of even the smallest objects with very high accuracy. This means that changes in activity can automatically be identified,” said Sean Varah, CEO and founder, MotionDSP.
IKENA WAMI was originally developed internally at MotionDSP to anticipate the commercial market’s move from HD to 4k and higher imaging systems. In 2011, based on an Air Force requirement for Wide Area Motion Imagery processing, MotionDSP proposed to integrate this existing commercial capability with the Department of Defense’s WAMI/WAAS systems and was awarded a contract from the Department of Defense’s Rapid Innovation Fund in 2012.