videoNEXT licenses video analytics technology patented by U.S. Army
The U.S. Army has granted a “partially exclusive license” for videoNEXT Network Solutions, Inc. to use a technology conceived and patented by the Army that aims to enhance the analysis of video images.
Patent number 7,460,689, entitled “System and Method of Detecting, Recognizing and Tracking Moving Targets,” was granted in December 2008.
By retrieving individual frames of video, and computing the number and arrangement of digital pixels in an “average” frame, the patented technology enables video analytic software to analyze high frame rates, without requiring a huge processing capability. “It can smooth the trajectories, so you can get more accurate tracks,” explained Christopher Gettings, the founder, president and CEO of Chantilly, VA-based videoNEXT, in a phone interview with GSN on May 4.
The inventor of the patented technology was Alex Lipchen Chan, and the “assignee” was the Secretary of the U.S. Army, according to an announcement published in the Federal Register on May 4. The announcement did not specify the financial terms of the license arrangement.
The new technology, which videoNEXT plans to use on servers that run its video management platforms, is particularly appropriate for analyzing infrared and thermal images, said Gettings. Prior generations of video analytics had to be embedded on individual cameras, DVRs or NVRs, but this technology can be server-based.
“This technology is an incremental improvement, not a paradigm shift,” said Gettings, but a “game changing element is the use of the patented technology in the videoNEXT platform to enable API and SDK implementations of the video analytics -- particularly on mobile platforms. Lighter processor demand, with more accurate tracking software enable this.”
He said videoNEXT has been working with the U.S. Army in this technology area for years, and that this patent license represents the culmination of that effort.
Anyone who my wish to object to the Army’s licensing of this technology has 15 days in which to contact Michael Rausa, of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, at the Office of Research and Technology Applications, Attn: RDRL-DB/Building 434, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21005-5425 or telephone 410-278-5028.