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Real-time video is playing an increasingly important role in a range of military local situational analysis (LSA) applications to help improve surveillance and intelligence of possible threats while keeping troops out of harm’s way.

Military LSA systems allow multiple video sources to share data with multiple endpoints – including computing platforms used for processing and analysis and display panels for human observation – over a common infrastructure. Increasingly, digital video based systems are becoming the technology of choice in both retrofit and new designs in order to better share video across an integrated Ethernet network, meet cost and size, weight, and power (SWaP) demands, support future scalability, and simplify usability.

This paper discusses how standards widely adopted in the industrial automation market align with military design requirements that outline the mechanisms and protocols for distributing digital video over Ethernet infrastructure. This includes an overview on the GigE Vision standard and its interoperability with the British Ministry of Defense Vetronics Infrastructure for Video over Ethernet (VIVOE) Defence Standard (Def Stan 00-82) and the U.S. Department of Defense Vehicular Integration for C4ISR/EW Interoperability (VICTORY) initiative.

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