Online publication C4ISR & Networks recently published an article on the invaluable technology wide-area motion imagery currently provides for the military and how it can benefit smaller, civilian departments as well.
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An emerging technology, wide-area motion imagery, is enabling the maturation of regional persistent surveillance, a tactical tool that brings close-up detail to drive pinpoint actions, while simultaneously offering the big picture view that encompasses a complex situation in its entirety.
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The military has made the most use of regional persistent technology, but civilian agencies are also interested. However, the size and cost of military solutions often prohibits them from civilian use, especially in state or local governments.
The Iowa Department of Public Safety for instance has had some success with fixed-wing observation, but Director of Investigative Operations Jim Saunders thinks things could be better. “We have had instances where we have put in tactical teams for search and rescue, where we would like to have a better sense of the topography,” he said. “Technology that would provide that kind of information would be invaluable.”
The Air Force’s Gorgon Stare system could meet the department’s needs. It is a sensor system that constantly watches potential terrorists, sending images to users in near-realtime. However, the size and cost of the system makes it unattainable for a small department.