Kraken Series - Low Latency FMV Transcoding for ISR Workflows
Haivision Kraken™ is a low-latency transcoder for use in defense applications and intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR). A major challenge in ISR workflows is to optimize video quality over varying datalinks between the sensor and each viewer without introducing unreasonable delays or sacrificing the integrity of the associated key-length-value (KLV) metadata. Kraken offers the features and flexibility to overcome the most challenging network obstacles in ISR.
Optimized Video for Each Network Segment Kraken transcodes motion imagery streams to optimize the quality of video transmissions over constrained network segments, including line of sight (LOS) and satellite data networks. As a transcoder, Kraken ingests compressed video data in a broad range of common streaming formats and converts that video stream to the
most efficient standards based formats (H.264 or HEVC) with streaming settings suitable for downstream networks or system environments. Kraken addresses the inherent bandwidth limitations of mission critical network links, while maintaining real-time low latency transmission of vital video and metadata.
Improved Image Quality Kraken delivers substantially increased FMV quality over satellite and other constrained networks. With the efficiency of Kraken’s HEVC implementation when compared to H.264, more streams can be added to existing links while retaining the same image quality, or video image quality can be improved using the same bandwidth. By leveraging Kraken to optimize the backhaul of ISR video, viewers see an increase in the quality of intelligence derived from the improved imagery that Kraken delivers.
Compliant Video with Metadata ISR systems are designed to collect, process, and disseminate information. Many FMV applications bundle additional information with video streams in the form of metadata, typically SMPTE compliant KLV in STANAG/MISB format. This metadata is critical to PED applications for combining information and video sources into context rich information displays, such as a common operating pictures (COP). Kraken is specifically built for the task of disseminating information in a format required by downstream networks, exploitation systems, and viewers, with the lowest possible delay, while preserving
metadata with frame-accurate synchronization. Powerful metadata management tools allow Kraken to aggregate multiple sources as required to save valuable bandwidth while preserving geospatial context.
Flexible Deployment for Any Environment Kraken is a software-based solution designed to take advantage of Intel QSV and NVIDIA GPU hardware acceleration in order to maximize performance on a variety of platforms.
Available as a rack mount server, small form factor compact rugged appliance, or as a virtual machine instance, the Base, Premium, and Ultra configurations support up to 4 HEVC or 16 H.264 HD channels (custom configurations and expansions available upon request). Kraken rack-mountable servers are performance tuned appliances available with redundant power supplies.
Kraken CR is a compact, rugged, all-in-one full motion video (FMV) encoder/transcoder. Designed for systems or platforms with size, weight and power limitations,Kraken CR simultaneously supports baseband (HD-SDI, SD-SDI, composite) and network stream inputs. With a fully sealed and ruggedized chassis, Kraken CR can operate in the harshest of environments.
Kraken Virtual Machine (VM) gives the capability to deploy low latency encoding/transcoding on existing systems, from tactical communication kits to centralized data centers. Once integrated, the Kraken can easily be added alongside secure communications, networking, encryption, and other applications to groom streams for transmission on any network segment.
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