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  • 2014-07-24 Defense Daily features MotionDSP

    Military Video Surveillance Software To Launch Commercially, Following Civilian Drone Market “As commercial industries from oil and gas companies to Amazon [AMZN] begin experimenting with drones and satellite motion imagery, CEO Sean Varah said he expects private firms to run into the “ultimate big data problem” that the military and law enforcement have experienced with video.“ "Putting the drone up in the air is really just the beginning of the story; the story is really in the processing of the data,” he said.”... read more.

  • 2014-04-18 Executive Biz: Exelis, MotionDSP Integrate Data Tech Tools

    Richard Cooke: Exelis, MotionDSP Integrate Data Tech Tools to Help Users Organize DataExelis and MotionDSP have integrated their respective data and image management products in an effort to help users access video feeds from a satellite or an airborne platform. The unified offering combines Exelis’ Jagwire web-based technology for managing geospatial information and MotionDSP’s Ikena software for processing images in real time, Exelis said Tuesday. Richard Cooke, Exelis vice president of geospatial intelligence solutions, said the product integration is meant to help military users organize emergency, border security and battlefield data. More ... read more.


  • 2013-09-15 MotionDSP sponsors Tampa Bay Chapter of Women in Defense

    MotionDSP is proud to be a Gold Sponsor for the Tampa Bay Chapter of Women in Defense.... read more.

  • 2013-08-22 July 2013 MotionDSP featured in Geospatial Intelligence Forum…

    “Continued advancement in graphic processing unit (GPU) architectures, such as NVIDIA’s Kepler architecture, has provided leaps in computational capacity while using less electrical power,” said Varah. “This has allowed us to double or triple the number of video streams we can process on a single GPU card. We can pack more processing in a smaller footprint. Two years ago we were lucky if we could process a single video steam on one video card,” he added. “With the new architectures we can process six streams of standard definition video and three streams of high-definition video at once on a single card, so the capabilities have gone way up.. ... read more.

  • 2013-07-14 MotionDSP sponsors first west-coast commercial drone conference

    MotionDSP was proud to sponsor the first Small Unmanned Systems Business Expo in San Francisco... read more.


  • 2012-08-15 MotionDSP restores lost Steve Jobs interview

    So how did MotionDSP manage to vastly improve a video’s quality? The “secret sauce” as Varah calls it, is its patented super-resolution-based image reconstruction. ... read more.

  • 2012-08-05 Defense News: Game Processors Could Master Intel Video Overload

      Customers can now use the Ikena software to process the video feed from a Predator UAV as the data is received, Varah said. That capability is far from common. “Many companies understand the promise of using graphics cards for image reconstruction, but we are shipping products today,” Varah said.  ... read more.

  • 2012-06-03 MotionDSP CEO Interviewed on "This Week in Defense News"

    MotionDSP CEO interviewed on advanced image processing for Full Motion Video (7 min)    Using commercial PC hardware and graphic chips (GPUs) originally designed for video games, MotionDSP's suite of advanced video processing algorithms improve the quality of video from ISR sensors, and help intelligence analysts "see" better, and deliver better information to the people on the ground. ... read more.

  • 2012-05-22 Federal News Radio interviews MotionDSP CEO

    Federal News Radio interviews MotionDSP CEO in report on "Buying commercial in DoD: Pentagon struggles to stay away from customization"  "The benefits of open standards and COTS is it lets companies focus on their strengths," he said. "We're a small company and we're experts in image processing. I don't particularly want to build my own silicon chips. I don't want to build transport mechanisms. I want to focus on making the best image processing software. If that means I've got to head to head with a competitor, fine. Game on." ... read more.

  • 2012-05-03 MotionDSP featured in "Drowning in Video, DoD Looks for High-Tech Help"

    "MotionDSP has developed video processing technology that can stabilize drone video imagery with a click of a mouse.  The process can also clear up any haze allowing analysts to clearly distinguish different people in the picture." ... read more.

  • 2012-04-24 Government Security News interviews MotionDSP CEO

    [The new rules for domestic UAV use], said Sean Varah, chief executive of MotionDSP, could usher in cost savings and better technology for an expanding audience for his company’s real-time image processing software. The software Varah’s company makes allows UAV operators and managers to get clearer and more precise images from cameras mounted on large “Predator” sized aircraft to the small, hand-held “Raven” models without changing cameras, or possibly even the computers that operate them.   ... read more.

  • 2012-03-23 MotionDSP CEO to present at the IDGA Full Motion Video for Defense Summit

    Sean Varah, MotionDSP CEO, will speak on Real-time FMV/WAMI image processing at the IDGA Full Motion Video for Defense Summit scheduled for April 23-25, 2012 in Washington, DC. Members from the DoD and private sector will convene this April to discuss the growing demand for full motion video in intelligence operations and gain an understanding on how to overcome current challenges. ... read more.

  • 2012-03-01 Military Aerospace Magazine: GPU-accelerated processing

    MotionDSP's Ikena ISR software featured in the "Modern Microprocessor" article on COTS computing. "MotionDSP's innovative image processing uses NVIDIA Tesla GPUs to accelerate full motion video (FMV) image processing." ... read more.

  • 2012-01-20 The Investigator: From Drones to Mobile Phones

      MotionDSP is featured in "The Investigator" Magazine. See page 52 "The new technique used by Ikena is called ‘Reconstruction-based super-resolution’ and . . . the end result is a clearer image. " ... read more.


  • 2011-10-24 Homeland Security Today: MotionDSP Taps AMD OpenCL

    From Homeland Security Today.  "AMD, Austin, Texas, a semiconductor firm, has announced that Motion DSP, Burlingame, Calif., a developer of public safety software, has optimized its Ikena ISR real-time video reconstruction software for  Open CL and AMD technology." ... read more.

  • 2011-10-21 SoftPedia: AMD and MotionDSP Optimize Video Reconstruction for OpenCL

    From SoftPedia "AMD may be focused on hardware, but its software expertise and activities still extend beyond the realm of drivers, as the latest press release makes it more than clear. Advanced Micro Devices and MotionDSP have collaborated on the latest version of the Ikena ISR software." ... read more.

  • 2011-10-13 -- MotionDSP helps obtain new information in he death of Montana State Trooper

    Via KAJ Channel 18 in Missoula MISSOULA - The Montana Highway Patrol has more new information on a suspect vehicle involved in the 2008 fatal crash that killed Trooper Evan Schneider and two others. Now, thanks to MotionDSP, a California software company, investigators have a clearer picture of the suspect vehicle. ... read more.

  • 2011-08-01 Military Aerospace: Video and image processing at the edge “Using just central processing units (CPUs), this process takes too much time to enable information to be viewed in real time, resulting in potentially outdated intelligence data and inaccurate guides for military action,” laments an Nvidia spokesperson. As a result, advanced image-processing software, such as Ikena ISR from MotionDSP in San Mateo, Calif., is being designed to harness the power of the GPU. Ikena ISR’s computationally intense, motion-tracking algorithms reconstruct video with cleaner detail, increased resolution, and reduced noise. ... read more.

  • 2011-07-01 Military Aerospace: High Performance Computing

    From Military Aerospace "MotionDSP in Burlingame, Calif., performs real-time video stabilization, so it corrects the video and makes it steady. “They could only do this using GPU technology; they just couldn’t do it with traditional processors.”" ... read more.

  • 2011-05-01 MotionDSP featured in NGA "Pathfinder" Magazine

    From NGA "Pathfinder" Magazine. May/June 2011 "MotionDSP enables users to increase the value of video collected and acquired from a variety of sources" ... read more.