Preligens the French Artificial Intelligence (AI) and image intelligence (IMINT) company is showcasing two of its products at Eurosatory.
Preligens aggregates information from multiple sources including satellite imagery, infra-red imagery, full motion video and text and uses AI to speed up the process of analysing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) data, with workflows, processes and outputs that adhere to NATO Standing Agreement (STANAG) and other standard formats.
Arnaud Guérin, Preligens CEO, explained that the aim is to take unstructured data and make it searchable by an AI algorithm. “AI is very good at searching large quantities of data for specific items, so it speeds up the analyst’s task” he said. “However, you have to be careful to ask the right question in order to avoid bias and an incomplete result.”
The AI can search text, not only for specific references but to find these in particular contexts, relationships or meanings. It searches imagery to detect, classify and identify military objects of interest. To do this the algorithm draws on a database of more than nine million reference images which is constantly being fed with new examples to train it further.
Preligens is focusing on two specific products at Eurosatory. ROBIN is a NATO STANAG 3596 compliant EHR/VHR optical satellite imagery monitoring tool that can leverage commercial or sovereign data. Its customisable alerting system can be set up on pattern analysis to cue analysts of key observed elements. It is deployable in locations or in the cloud.
ZEBRA is an automatic AI solution for military mapping that can automatically detect and vectorise roads and buildings from satellite images and create maps of urban and rural areas. When supporting disaster relief operations it can be used to rapidly detect changes and assess the extent and impact of damage.
Preligens software is used by France, NATO, the EU, the US, the UK and Japan. It will be installed at up to 20 sites in France by the end of 2022 and Guérin said that in 2023 there will be a deployable capability, with an early instance being for the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle.
By Giles EBBUTT