The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is developing two video-analysis technologies for detecting activity from different imaging-capturing sensors, which could enable the military to better observe dangerous behavior during combat.
"The objectives of [the technologies] are not to replace human analysts, but to make them more effective and efficient by reducing their cognitive load and enabling them to search for activities and threats quickly and easily," says DARPA's Mita Desai.
The Video and Image Retrieval and Analysis Tool involves identifying isolated actions in a small geographic area from full-motion video taken from military planes. The tool can monitor a live video feed for specific actions and search archives of events in the past. Meanwhile, DARPA says the Persistent Stare Exploitation and Analysis System program analyzes video from a broader range over a longer period of time to help the military detect more complex threats.
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