Intelligent Software Solutions (ISS) has combined its intelligence management platform, Dfuze, with quadracopters—mini four-rotored helicopters, similar to a drone—to enable military and law enforcement to transmit live, hi-resolution streaming video directly to a personal communication device, such as a smartphone.
The Dfuze Intelligence Management System enables customers in more than 40 countries to securely store footage for a variety of incidents. With a centralized view of data, built-in analytical tools, and data sharing capabilities, the technology provides a solid solution for improving intelligence management.
Neil Fretwell, operations director for ISS Global, told Homeland Security Today that this new development could play a vital role in public safety efforts. The technology can be utilized simultaneously by multiple users, and provides wide coverage areas, which could benefit military and law enforcement for surveillance and on geographically dispersed missions.
“The ability to have oversight of a crime scene to enable command to effectively deploy resources is a huge step forward,” said Fretwell. “In the event of a post-blast scene, where evidence is spread over a wide geographical area, having the ability to be able to identify which areas to prioritize not only aids the investigation but can save you time and money.”
Although unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have been used to support military and law enforcement, the Dfuze system allows now enables similar applications with a consumer-grade quadracopter.
“Police typically can only see unmanned drone video after the device has landed and they can access the SD card,” pointed out Laine Napier, Vice President at ISS. “This will allow them to turn an inexpensive consumer-grade quadracopter into a cutting-edge reconnaissance UAV, and share its video stream with any other agency around the world, live.”