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Air Force
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21st Century Systems, Incorporated
6825 Pine Street, Suite 141, Omaha, NE, 68106
Hubzone Owned:
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
Woman Owned:
Principal Investigator
 Amber Fischer
 (808) 954-6049
Business Contact
 Stuart Aldridge
Title: Sr VP, R&D Group
Phone: (402) 505-7887
Research Institution
The monitoring of multiple UAV video sources is challenging, in part, due to the poor quality of the video received.  Significant video degrading is caused by clouds, haze, and dust in the atmosphere; jitter and blurring from the UAV platform motion; and low video resolution due to sensor characteristics and high altitude flying. Higher quality video would alleviate much of the challenge for the operator, increasing the likelihood that they will detect and identify targets and increase their confidence in the presence and type of targets.  In addition, improving the quality of video would increase the autonomous detection and tracking capabilities that support the operators ability to interpret the images and make timely decisions. 21st Century Systems, Incorporated is excited to apply our extensive video analytics expertise to develop Video20/20, an innovative real-time EO/IR video-enhancement toolset.   Video20/20 is a set of software tools that provide in real-time haze-free, stabilized video with higher resolution and contrast enhancement making it easier to detect and distinguish enemy activities in EO/IR video collected from UAV platforms.  The software tools will be designed for improving the image quality of UAV EO/IR video for both human interpretation and to improve autonomous detection and tracking capabilities.    BENEFIT: There is an immediate need for this video enhancement capability in all branches of the DoD. Unmanned Systems technology has been revolutionized during the current OIF and OEF conflicts, and we can expect to see even more of them in future conflicts. UAVs have performed thousands of ISR missions (Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance) in support of ongoing operations. They have greatly expanded the level of real-time intelligence available to the warfighter.  Despite the many recent advances in Unmanned Systems technology, there are many technical challenges yet to overcome. The limitation of the value of any ISR platform is the ability of a human operator to interpret actionable intelligence from the video stream. Soldiers, Airmen, and Image Analysts are currently hampered by video that is often low-quality and difficult to interpret. By developing a tool that can improve image quality, we can greatly improve the tactical value of every Micro and Small UAV in service.  Our system will enable a next-generation capability for UAV operation. It will allow an operator to interpret data from a single UAV much more easily, with less fatigue and eyestrain, and provide greater situational awareness than existing systems. It will also allow the same operator to more easily monitor multiple UAV video streams and be able to interpret and act on them with minimal effort. By cleaning up the imagery, the operator will be able to maintain a much greater understanding of the ground situation with less effort on their part.

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