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US ISR Video Analytics

  • November 2013
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  • Frost & Sullivan
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  • 60 pages


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Modern Imaging Analysis

The demand for ISR video analytics and the processing, exploitation, and dissemination (PED) of it has increased significantly in recent years. A key factor to this demand is the amount of sensors and platforms that provide full motion video (FMV) that has increased from a few dozen systems a decade ago to thousands today. ISR video analytics has become a vital tool in military and intelligence operations, and industry participants in this marketplace have been working on solutions that enhance video in real time, through both software and hardware. However, data standards, processing speeds, and data storage capacity have become issues restraining the ISR video analytics market from reaching its full potential.

Key Findings

•The total value of contracts awarded by the Department of Defense (DoD) for intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) video analytics in 2012 is estimated at $Xmillion. Contracts awarded for video analytics services made up the largest value of government contracts estimated at X% (this only accounts for publicly announced contracts and does not include classified awards).
•Intelligent software solutions led the market in 2012 by acquiring an estimated X% of the total contract value associated with the US ISR video analytics market. An estimated X companies were identified as market participants; however, much more exists, and an actual market leader cannot be definitively determined without knowing the classified market share.
•Joint Services organizations distributed the largest value of ISR video analytics type contracts issued in 2012, estimated at X% of total awards dispersed, the majority of which originated from the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). The Air Force and Army ranked second and third, respectfully, but it must be noted that both services combined make up the majority of the US ISR platform inventory.
•Distributed Common Ground Systems (DCGS) was determined to be the largest ISR processing, exploitation, and dissemination (PED) program spanning all the military services. Each of the military services is slowly implementing upgrades that improve the PED of full motion video (FMV) collections.
•Total combined spending on programs focused around US ISR video analytics PED is estimated to reach $X billion by 2018. This estimate is only applied to federal spending and does not include the commercial market.

CEO’s Perspective

1. ISR video analytics is on track to evolve in the same fashion as the commercial video industry. A move to high definition (HD) full motion video (FMV) is afoot, and before long 3D technology will be sought in order to support and enhance the exploitation piece of PED.
2. The vast amount of video analytics equipment being used in Iraq and Afghanistan will soon return to the US. Converting those tools into useful assets capable of protecting the homeland may open some opportunities in the commercial sector.
3. Future disruptive technologies will introduce the capability to identify and catalog events, places, and people simultaneously at the point of collection. FMV of the future will produce data that include additional information to assist the PED process.

Market Definitions

Geographic Coverage: US
Study Period: 2012–2018
Base Year: 2012
Forecast Period: 2013–2018
Monetary Unit: US dollars

•The ISR video analytics market is defined for this research as the tools used to execute the processing, exploitation, and dissemination (PED) of full motion video (FMV) and wide area motion imagery (WAMI) captured through surveillance and reconnaissance platforms.
•As is common with the bulk of ISR funding, actual budget data are limited due to the sensitivity of programs involved. Additionally, isolated FMV budget details are unattainable because in most cases expenditure data are packaged with other sensor systems.
•Government contract data were among the sources used to obtain a market size for the base year; however, in many instances the services described in announcements did not detail amounts allocated to PED or FMV separately. Therefore, analyst discretion was used to apportion how much is dedicated to PED with respect to FMV as well as enhancements to FMV capability.
•The reader must bear in mind that some contract data may include funding for manpower, such as the analyst who performs intelligence exploitation.
•Budget forecast data is compiled based on data extracted from the US DoD 2014 funding request. Analyst discretion is used for estimated amounts used on classified programs.
•Budget data and contract values do not always align year to year because of a combination of administration costs, multi-year contracts, and technology use across segments.
•The enclosed research identifies the top 5 defense programs for each of the military departments that impact the US ISR video analytics market. The exception is the US Navy, which was found to only have 3 programs related to ISR video analytics. On the other hand, there should be more under the classified realm.
•The commercial market for this research is not included, in part because most are the same participants that play a part in the federal marketplace. Furthermore, most commercial surveillance is not subject to the extensive PED process applied for battle operations.
•The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) owns and operates several General Atomics unmanned aerial vehicles for law enforcement that have surveillance capability. Due to program difficulties and a lack of both budget and contract data, this segment was not included in this research.

Key Questions This Study Will Answer

Is the ISR video analytics market growing, how long will it continue to grow, and at what rate?
How many competitors participate in the US ISR video analytics arena, and who are the key government contactors?
Is this an industry or a market? Will these companies/products/services continue to exist, or will other companies acquire them? Will the products/services become features in other markets?
What are some of the significant government programs in place that include video analytics capabilities as defined by the author?
What are some of the key drivers and restraints that have a direct impact on the US ISR video analytics market?
Are the vendors in the space ready to go it alone, or do they need partnerships to take their businesses to the next level?

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