Army seeking info on system to combine video sensors

By Nickolai Sukharev / February 29, 2024 at 4:22 PM

The Army is asking industry to provide information on a network that would combine existing video sensors into a common system to support "persistent surveillance," according to a public notice.

The Persistent Surveillance Dissemination System of Systems (PSDS2) “receives inputs from multiple sensors to provide situational awareness for forward operating bases, brigade-level technical operation centers and Joint Operation Centers.”

“PSDS2 disseminates real-time streaming video, autosensing available bandwidth and provides video in context for SA on terrain maps for common operational picture situational display,” the Feb. 28 announcement reads.

Responsibilities for operating the PSDS2 include “monitoring, analyzing overhead and aerial/terrestrial imagery, FMV and photographic data.”

“The Imagery Analyst(s) shall have previous experience as an Imagery Analyst and understand the capabilities and limitations of multiple platforms and sensors, use of aerial imagery, FMV, Synthetic Aperture Radar, Ground Moving Target Indicator and other electronic monitoring devices used to collect and analyze information in support of military operations,” the announcement adds.

During a Feb. 14 Defense Innovation Unit summit, the presumptive chief of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command Adm. Samuel Paparo said it was the command’s goal to begin using autonomous systems to deter China from attacking Taiwan through “constant stare,” Inside Defense reported.

The Army first fielded the PSDS2 in 2005, according to the Program Executive Office for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors.