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In commercial industries, understanding and analyzing big data on real time can lead to cost reduction, better-targeted marketing and increased efficiency. Like many businesses and organizations, military and security agencies globally are becoming increasingly reliant on rapidly making sense of and managing the growing amount of intelligence data available. Big data technology is now applied also to the defense and security verticals.
To the forthcoming Big Data for HLS Conference and Exhibition
U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta recently called for increased investment in the areas of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance. He spotlighted information processing, exploitation, and dissemination — a growing priority for the military that makes use of vast networks of sensors that produce intelligence ranging from satellite imagery to drone-captured video to text files.
On the battlefield, the time it takes to access intelligence can be a matter of life or death. Harvesting, analyzing, and rapidly converting large data sets into actionable intelligence is currency for the military. To meet these needs, defense companies are now looking for agility, speed, and advanced software capabilities as critical factors in responding to quickly delivering solutions to the field.
Defense companies who have strong positions producing sensors like satellite payloads and airborne surveillance systems have leveraged their expertise in the collection business to help military customers begin to tackle the challenge of information overload.
One of these companies, ITT Exelis Geospatial Systems, now delivers in-theater intelligence software solutions that process imagery and full-motion video from airborne sensor systems that monitor and carry out surveillance over a large area of interest, such as regions of a city.
If an event like an explosion occurs, this surveillance information is ingested into the enterprise and users can be notified almost immediately, and have access to the data. The event can also be stored with the larger body of content across the enterprise, allowing the user to respond in real time and immediately initiate exploitation tasks and forensic analysis, according to forbes.com. From a smartphone to a command center, the user can manipulate the system like a DVR, rewinding back in time to track the developments in the area of interest leading up to that specific event. This instant form of intelligence can have a critical impact on safety and outcomes in the field.
Various solutions for big data challenges in the security sphere and commercial applications will be discussed and presented at the coming Big Data for HLS Conference and Exhibition.
The event will be held on February 21st at the Lago Conference Center in Rishon LeZion, with the participation of the leading experts and industries of the big data ecosystem in Israel and abroad.