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Feb 12, 2015 | Surveying and Mapping

MotionDSP Delivers Computer Vision Software to Top Drone / Unmanned Aircraft Systems Research Universities

MotionDSP, a leading provider of image processing and computer vision software, announced it is proactively collaborating with several key unmanned aircraft systems (UASes) research sites in the United States to discover ways to tackle critical issues facing the oil and gas, agriculture, health and wildlife, law enforcement, and search and rescue sectors. Partnering with several universities, MotionDSP is providing advanced software combined with expert analyst training to help uncover new perspectives using video.

Alan W. Palmer, Director for the Center for UAS Research, Education & Training, John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences at the University of North Dakota commented, “This is a perfect example of private industry and academia partnering to provide state-of-the-art tools for research, education and training at the University of North Dakota.”

MotionDSP, provider of high-end video processing software for defense applications, has now partnered with Kansas State University Salina, University of North Dakota, and Auburn University to apply this same software to solve critical problems in civilian and commercial applications using video from drones and other UAS.

“For a decade, our team has been working with bright young analysts in the military and intelligence community, solving critical international security challenges,” said Sean Varah, MotionDSP CEO. “It’s exciting to work with innovative young minds at these centers of excellence to develop next generation-applications in aerial data collection”Not only for defense, but also for important civilian and commercial applications.”

Video plays an important role in our lives, from identifying a suspect in a robbery to finding the source of a forest fire. MotionDSP software provides experts with the ability to use video and its data to gain valuable insights about what’s happening around the world.

“Combining the efficiency and speed of image processing and computer vision with the nuance of human experts creates a unique approach to finding truth in video that may not be able to be captured with just a computer, or just a human. The combination of expert eyes and software is very powerful,” said Varah.

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