Military Embedded Systems

Australian forces in Afghanistan use digital video exploitation system from General Dynamics


December 28, 2012

John McHale

Editorial Director

Military Embedded Systems

CANBERRA, Australia. General Dynamics Mediaware engineers designed two video capture and exploitation D-VEX systems for Australian army personnel operating the Shadow 200 Tactical Unmanned Aerial System (TUAS) in Afghanistan. The technology enhances how mission-critical, actionable intelligence is distributed among Australian troops and coalition forces.

D-VEX captures and manages full motion video from airborne surveillance platforms. It is designed for in-theater operations and works with commercially-available compact mobile hardware, such as laptops. D-VEX gives users detailed forensic analysis via its search and mark-up capabilities. It also supports open defense standards, such as the Motion Imagery Standards Profile (MISP) and STANAG 4609.

"Managing the thousands of hours of video collected by the Shadow 200 TUAS presented the Army with a sizable data processing and analytics challenge," says Dr. Kevin Moore, chief technology officer of General Dynamics Mediaware. Through D-VEX, the video archive is easily searchable and enables analysts to identify, tag, and analyze events in real-time, he adds.

Australian-based General Dynamics Mediaware is part of General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems. For more information, visit


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