New BAE Systems software now both tracks and interprets ISR data
- By Katherine Owens
- Jun 22, 2017
Movement Intelligence (MOVINT) software has just joined the BAE Systems’ Geospatial eXploration Products (GXP) line, enhancing intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance operations by helping operators to analyze and interpret movement and activity patterns instead of simply tracking them.
The MOVINT program is based on multi-tracking analytics software, according to a BAE Systems press release. It is capable of detecting movement and activity from sensory platforms including video, radar, and other motion sensors and then running preliminary interpretation analytics on the data.
As a compliment to video feed, radar tracking technology sends electromagnetic pulses through an antenna and records the frequency and time lapse of the electromagnetic waves’ echo, according to the Navy published fact sheets. In order to effectively track a moving target, the electromagnetic pulses must be emitted in rapid succession and the antenna often must be movable. MOVINT software receives and processes the data received from the radar’s pulses in order to classify the target and help identify the significance of its movement, reported BAE Systems.
MOVINT software performs the dual functions of tracking movement through various sensory platforms and indexing movement patterns, anomalies, and key objects, which it does using target classification technology and real-time detection technology. According to BAE Systems, there is also built-in automated alert software to ensure that operators receive immediate notice of potential threats.
“Advanced MOVINT…identify critical targets, activities, and emerging situations much more quickly and effectively than previous intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance solutions,” explained Dana Poirier, General Manager of the GXP Group at BAE Systems.
The first step to fully integrating MOVINT capabilities into the GXP programs was inserting it into the Tracking Analytic Software Suite (TASS). According to BAE Systems, TASS draws on data input from both wide area motion imagery sensors and full motion video feeds in order to identify and track people and vehicles in motion. It magnifies the ability of operators to analyze scenes and recognize both patterns and anomalies by tracking multiple objects simultaneously and connecting to cloud databases for pattern comparison.
“If analysts are concerned with a certain sort of behavior or tracks [in] a cetain area they may not need to give as much attention to that particular sensor as they have [in the past] because TASS will be able to alert them,” said Colin Kuber, Product Manager for GXP InMotion and MOVINT at BAE Systems.
The GXP InMotion and SOCET GXP programs, which utilizes satellite data for ground feature tracking and analysis, both now contain MOVINT software.
Katherine Owens is a freelance reporter for Defense Systems