NASA Uses Video Processing to Study Hurricanes & Wildfires
After video data is captured, it can be handled and combined in a variety of ways. This diagram shows the paths that data can take through the ICS-8580 processing engine. (Source: GE Intelligent Platforms)
So NASA operates Global Hawk Drones domestically at 60,000 ft to study hurricanes, wildfires, and ozone-depleting molecules, all while collecting high resolution video of ground-based activity and also streaming it in real-time to government facilities to provide situational awareness.
I kept hearing about these capabilities, and by implication their applications, from the makers of very high-performance audio and video processing hardware used by "the government." Every time I'd ask about the apps for a new product, company spokespeople would say things like "unnamed government agencies," which I eventually learned meant the NSA as well as the military. It's important to remember that "the government" is not monolithic, consists of multiple agencies, and is staffed by multiple people, many of whom (agencies and individuals) have no idea what the others are doing.
Chuck, The underlying video appliance technology can be used by any number of applications, and can be deployed as an embedded system or operate standalone. It combines advanced video processing with networking using COTS technology, so there are lots of potential apps.
Cabe, can you clarify that sentence? Are you saying that global warming might be caused by "a southern drifting cold air", or the opposite? What is "a southern drifting cold air" and where is it on the globe?
This type of signal processing technology is commonly used in several different vendors' COTS or semi-custom boards and subsystems, for military and NSA-style security apps. The high-powered stuff is, of course, especially pricey.
I mean, the reason it is staying so cold in the USA at least far into spring might be cause by the warming of the north. Which in turn has changed the gulf stream and pushed the colder northern air farther south. As some people speculate.
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