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Mediaware Awarded Contract For North West Shelf UAV Trial

The North West Shelf is home to numerous oil rigs (pictured) - a vital part of Australia's economy.
by Staff Writers
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Jul 27, 2006
Mediaware has announced that it has been awarded a contract by the Australian Department of Defence for its D-VEX Digital Video Exploitation System. D-VEX will be acquired and deployed by the Australian Department of Defence in the forthcoming North West Shelf Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) surveillance trials scheduled for September 2006.

The trial is being led by the Defence, Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) in collaboration with the Navy, RAAF, Army and other areas of Defence, as well as the Joint Offshore Protection Command (a partnership between Defence and the Australian Customs Service).

Mediaware's D-VEX allows real-time video intelligence from airborne ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) assets to be captured, transmitted and interpreted, allowing the fastest possible situational analysis to be completed from live video streams.

The ADF will deploy D-VEX to help personnel exploit video generated by the UAV supplied by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., which will serve as the aerial platform for the trial.

The D-VEX system will enable ADF personnel to remotely observe maritime surveillance operations in real time. They will access both live and recorded video footage over the Defence intranet, be able to create mosaic imagery on demand, and accurately identify where the aircraft and sensor are working, using Mediaware's exclusive web portal and dissemination software.

"In recent years, Mediaware has become the de facto standard for video exploitation and processing in the US ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) community. However, this is Mediaware's first significant system sale into Australian Defence and is recognition of the company's global leadership in digital video systems, and a sign of the Department of Defence's support for local industry," says Chris Newell, CEO of Mediaware.

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