Cable-Less Video Mapping System Debuts

May 21, 2003
TAMPA, Fla., May 21, 2003. Red Hen Systems has completed the development of VMS Mobile, an add-on video module for their flagship defense product, MediaMapper ELITE. This advance in video and GPS data collection provides military and intelligence personnel with a highly discreet, versatile, and ready-to-deploy desktop mapping solution for sensitive reconnaissance, surveillance, and targeting missions.

TAMPA, Fla., May 21, 2003. Red Hen Systems has completed the development of VMS Mobile, an add-on video module for their flagship defense product, MediaMapper ELITE. This advance in video and GPS data collection provides military and intelligence personnel with a highly discreet, versatile, and ready-to-deploy desktop mapping solution for sensitive reconnaissance, surveillance, and targeting missions.

Equipped with an off-the-shelf Firewire DV camera and GPS receiver, users can quickly and easily collect the data necessary -- without cables -- to build digital, interactive maps using spatially referenced video. John Garrett, former C.O. of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable), stated, "VMS Mobile solves the age-old problem of enabling field data collection and processing without bulky hardware, lengthy indexing times, and mobility restrictions. This is the most effective and valuable situational awareness tool I have seen in 20 years. I wish that my troops could have had it."

VMS Mobile will begin shipping in June 2003 along with version 5.0 of MediaMapper ELITE. When released, trial versions can be downloaded at http://www.redhensystems.com/defense. MediaMapper ELITE features a dramatically improved user interface, support for spatial DVD playback, and random video access. Combined with VMS Mobile, customers will have a completely software-driven, multimedia mapping solution that requires no hardware other than image capture devices and a GPS receiver.

"The significance of VMS Mobile is two-fold," said Jim Baker, CEO of Red Hen Systems. "First and foremost, VMS Mobile was engineered to give our military customers a new set of capabilities and greater flexibility for using ground-truthing motion imagery in a digital mapping environment; second, given the pervasiveness of GPS and image capture devices, VMS Mobile provides the broader population of defense personnel with the ability to collect, map, and disseminate image-based intelligence products."

For further information, contact Jim Baker, CEO of Red Hen Systems,+1-970-493-3952, mailto:[email protected].

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