As part of a research project known as soldier-deployable geospatial technologies, Army scientists including Dr. Ricky Massaro invented software that rapidly creates 2D and 3D maps from Full Motion Video. The patent-pending software, known as FMV-to-3D, is available via license agreement to companies that would make, use, or sell it commercially.
The software solution ingests FMV file or live UDP stream (User Datagram Protocol) from an airborne drone or aircraft. The automated process extracts metadata and video frames for importation into photogrammetric processing software.
The software generates 2D orthomosaics, 3D point clouds, digital terrain models, and 3D textured models by processing the FMV file or stream into separate cluster sets. Geospatial products for each calculated cluster are then automatically created and exported.
- Software-only solution does not require extra hardware
- Creates 2D and 3D map data from FMV in minutes, while camera is still airborne
- Geospatial products can be imported by commercially available visualization applications including ArcGIS, Google Earth, and RaptorX
- Tested, evaluated by National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
- Fielded by U.S. forces
- Businesses can commercialize the technology by licensing U.S. Patent Application 20190055441 from the Army
- License fees paid to the Army are negotiable
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