ISIS Spiral 2 will use custom sensors and video boards, longer range cameras, higher resolution, a more efficient video format, and a discreet, chandelier-like frame no bigger than a basketball. Eventually, DHS plans to develop a version of ISIS that will use infrared cameras to detect events that occur at night.
“We’re continuing to advance the video analytic capabilities of the software package, and incorporate features as requested by potential users that have been part of the demonstrations,” MacDonald says.
Many of the ISIS capabilities originated in technology previously developed at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory for military applications. The current ISIS system was built with commercial off-the-shelf cameras, computers, image processing boards and software.
ISIS was nominated for the Christopher Columbus Homeland Security Award for cutting edge technology that could be applied to the protection of the nation’s assets.