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2d3 Receives Development Funding for Automated Imagery Analysis


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2d3
: 09 March, 2010  (Application Story)
The UK Ministry of Defence is backing a development project undertaken by 2d3 into converting aerial surveillance images into actionable intelligence which can be used by the armed forces
2d3, a developer of vision science solutions for industrial and defence applications, has won 150,000 in funding from the Defence, Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) of the Ministry of Defence (MoD). The funding is provided through the Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) for research into improved Automated Imagery Analysis.

2d3s new projects are focused on its product TacitView; a software suite making use of years of vision science IP and experience to create image intelligence from aerial video. TacitView exploits information contained in surveillance images and video to produce actionable intelligence for armed forces.

2d3 will be transforming aerial video into large, high quality photographic Maps in both two and three dimensions and making TacitView interoperable with other intelligence systems.

Production of up-to-the-minute image-based Maps which can be viewed at varying resolutions is becoming an important part of both ground and aerial military operations. 2D and 3D Maps indicate recent changes to the layout of buildings and terrain and help ground forces travel more safely through potentially hostile environments. Modern viewing tools allow the military planner to change from strategic overview to tactical detail of a target with the sweep of a mouse.

Were particularly pleased about winning this MoD funding at a time of acknowledged spending restraint. TacitView is a great product, and with this additional support, we can develop it further to address the urgent needs of UK Armed Forces and the wider defence market, commented Dr Julian Morris, Deputy Chairman of 2d3s parent company, OMG. It is recognition of the widespread problem that the rapid growth in aerial surveillance has left military commanders swimming in sensors, but drowning in data.

At an event held in February, all nine beneficiaries of the MoD funding attended the Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE) in Harwell to showcase the new technologies being developed. Defence Minister, Lord Drayson, praised the success of CDE in bringing important new technologies into the MOD.

2d3 has expanding research and development teams in the UK and US, funded both through internal investment and by research contracts from a range of government agencies.
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