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Standards for efficient employment of wide-area motion imagery (WAMI) sensors
Author(s): L. Scott Randall; Paul F. Maenner
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Paper Abstract

Airborne Wide Area Motion Imagery (WAMI) sensors provide the opportunity for continuous high-resolution surveillance of geographic areas covering tens of square kilometers. This is both a blessing and a curse. Data volumes from “gigapixel-class” WAMI sensors are orders of magnitude greater than for traditional “megapixel-class” video sensors. The amount of data greatly exceeds the capacities of downlinks to ground stations, and even if this were not true, the geographic coverage is too large for effective human monitoring. Although collected motion imagery is recorded on the platform, typically only small “windows” of the full field of view are transmitted to the ground; the full set of collected data can be retrieved from the recording device only after the mission has concluded. Thus, the WAMI environment presents several difficulties: (1) data is too massive for downlink; (2) human operator selection and control of the video windows may not be effective; (3) post-mission storage and dissemination may be limited by inefficient file formats; and (4) unique system implementation characteristics may thwart exploitation by available analysis tools. To address these issues, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s Motion Imagery Standards Board (MISB) is developing relevant standard data exchange formats: (1) moving target indicator (MTI) and tracking metadata to support tipping and cueing of WAMI windows using “watch boxes” and “trip wires”; (2) control channel commands for positioning the windows within the full WAMI field of view; and (3) a full-field-of-view spatiotemporal tiled file format for efficient storage, retrieval, and dissemination. The authors previously provided an overview of this suite of standards. This paper describes the latest progress, with specific concentration on a detailed description of the spatiotemporal tiled file format.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 May 2013
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 8740, Motion Imagery Technologies, Best Practices, and Workflows for Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR), and Situational Awareness, 87400K (16 May 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2018623
Show Author Affiliations
L. Scott Randall, Motion Imagery Standards Board (United States)
Paul F. Maenner, ITT Exelis (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8740:
Motion Imagery Technologies, Best Practices, and Workflows for Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR), and Situational Awareness
Donnie Self, Editor(s)

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