Developer awarded DSTO contract

Digital video developer Mediaware today announced it has been awarded a $2.26 million contract under the Australian Defence Capability and Technology Demonstrator (CTD) program.

The CTD program is aimed at encouraging the development of advanced technologies with the potential to significantly boost Australia's future defence capability.

The program is managed by the Defence Science and Technology Organization (DSTO).

Under the terms of the contract, Mediaware will develop an advanced Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) video processing and geo-registration system. Significant advances in the areas of object tracking and recognition, and geo-registration of live video are expected to deliver the ADF a world-leading video exploitation system at the completion of the project in 2008.

The benefits to the ADF will include faster decision-making, greater geolocation accuracy and improved avoidance, and optimized deployment and protection of Australia's armed forces.

Mediaware CEO, Chris Newell, said digital video and related metadata were critical elements of emerging network-centric-warfare systems.

"As the ADF begins to acquire UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) and other technologically advanced surveillance and reconnaissance assets, the need for advanced video processing and exploitation systems becomes paramount," he said.

Newell said the company faced significant competition to win the CTD contract.

"We are pleased that the ADF supports the local Defence industry and SMEs through programs such as the CTD."

Once the system is completed, Mediaware will also be able to sell it to defence and intelligence organizations worldwide.

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