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How Haivision Mission-Critical Video Solutions Powered Northern Strike

The annual Northern Strike Exercise recently took place throughout the state of Michigan. Northern Strike is a military readiness training operation sponsored by the United States National Guard Bureau. For the past 10 years, the exercise has been focused on building readiness and improving interoperability with global allied forces through scalable and tailored combat-ready training operations. This year’s event involved 7,000 soldiers from 25 states, one U.S. territory, and several international partners.

During the exercise, U.S. and foreign militaries leveraged Haivision mission-critical video solutions at Camp Grayling, providing them with real-time situational awareness during the event. Keep reading to learn how Haivision provided essential visual intelligence during one of the largest military exercises in the country.

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Haivision’s support for Northern Strike included the distribution of 73 hours of full-motion video (FMV) captured by Air National Guard MQ-9 Reapers. This near real-time intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) video was transported across a network using Haivision Kraken transcoders, for dissemination to intelligence personnel and ground troops dispersed across the training landscape.

Regardless of their physical location, viewers of the MQ-9 FMV were able to securely access a cloud instance of Haivision Media Platform. Army, Marines, and Coast Guard ground personnel also consumed live video on the Haivision Play Pro mobile app which quickly provided them situational awareness of threats that only the MQ-9 could capture. Simultaneously, intelligence personnel at Camp Grayling managed communications with aircrew, liaised with exercise partners in order to meet mission objectives, and monitored FMV on Haivision’s ruggedized expeditionary video wall system, Stryke Lightning. This capability allowed a small team supporting MQ-9 operations to maintain a shared mental model and execute the mission using the same common screen.

In total, Haivision solutions were leveraged for 13 MQ-9 sorties during the exercise and assisted in meeting several complex objectives including close air support (CAS), dynamic targeting, and multiple joint terminal attack controller (JTAC) engagements.

Technical Sergeant Matt of the Michigan Air National Guard stated:
“Intelligence members from the Air National Guard utilized the Stryke Lightning provided by Haivision in support of Northern Strike Exercise (NS23). We were able to pull up multiple chat rooms and live feeds from MQ-9s on a single pane of glass. In doing so, Intel members were able to act as liaisons for the Air Force MQ-9 operating within the NS23. With the location of the Stryke Lightning being in a high traffic area in the building, Intel members were able to provide real time imagery to Army and Marine units interested in the MQ-9 providing ISR overwatch and satisfy all customers requesting ISR support.”

Haivision Stryke Lightning Portable Video Wall Solution at Camp Grayling Center

Haivision Stryke Lightning Portable Video Wall Solution at Camp Grayling Center

The Kraken ISR transcoder provides situational awareness, field monitoring applications, optimizes video streams over available bandwidth, and ensures downstream interoperability.

Haivision Media Platform is the only standards-based IP video distribution system on the DoDIN APL, and is relied on by U.S. federal government agencies, including all branches of the Department of Defense.

Haivision Play Pro is the free iOS and Android mobile app for securely creating, streaming and monitoring live SRT streams from anywhere over the internet.

Part of the Haivision Command 360 family of video wall solutions, the Stryke Lightning portable video wall system is designed to be flexible for fast and simple setup and for mobile deployments during mission operations.

Haivision Command 360 is the intuitive video wall software platform that enables real-time situational awareness so defense, public safety, government, and enterprise organizations can visualize and dynamically respond to urgent situations fast.

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