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CONTOUR by DECISIVE ANALYTICS Corporation is an enterprise web-based portal that enables analysts to collect, search, and analyze vast amounts of video and open source data. CONTOUR automatically creates meaning out of data, empowering the analyst like never before.

Contour Product Suite

Contour VRx(Video Recording and eXplotation) - Provides the user with the ability to simultaneously record upt to 4 channels of broadcast television per node. Recording requests may be defined by the user through industry standard digital video recording (DVR) methodologies or series capture. Also provides the user with ability to schedule 24/7 capture of all programs that occur on a provided channel. The captured content within Contour to provide the following: User Defined Content Tagging, Closed Caption Extraction, Timeline Storyboard Generation, and Digital Transcoding of video captured content to a streaming format for web playback. Transcripts associated with the video either through Closed Caption Extraction or Speech to Text will be time-tagged for synchronized playback. Standard Contour analysis to include: Entity Extraction and indexing to provide accelerated search and retrieval will be applied to any transcript associated with the captured program. Requirements: server meeting VRx specifications, video input card, source (digital or analog cable), internet connection, adequate storage for user uploaded content.

Available as licensed product/ODC


Contour Enterprise - Media collection and analytics software suite. Standard features: database with User-Defined Metadata Schema, Web access for search and display of assets, Integrated user and group management, Asset Storage Management, Entity Extraction (Open Source baseline), Asset Association, User upload of images, documents and standard video (MPEG2 and WMV formats), Data Set File import (directory & archive file), Contour Analytics Node. Requirements: servers meeting Contour specifications, adequate storage for user uploaded content.

Available as licensed product/ODC


Web Harvesting - Provides the user with the ability to define web harvest requests to be executed once or at user defined intervals. Web harvest requests may be defined by the user through 4 distinct methodologies: Single URL, Web Crawling, Web Search or RSS. *Content harvested within a Contour Enterprise platform will provide additional analysis to include: Entity Extraction, User Defined Tagging, and Indexing all of which provide accelerated search and retrieval. Requirements: server meeting specification. Contour VRx or Contour Enterprise required for all features.

Available as licensed product/ODC


Contour English STT - English Speech option for Contour provides English speech to text engine to process audio or video files that are uploaded into Contour and are marked for English Speech To Text processing or a broadcast encoder (may require multiple STT instances). Throughput is approximately 90% real time (meaning a 30 minute audio file is processed in 27 minutes). Additional processing engines can be added for more throughput capability. Requirements: Contour VRx or Contour Enterprise, servers meeting Contour specifications, STT software license.

Available as licensed product/ODC

Contour Foreign STT/HMT - provides a single instance of a foreign speech to text engine to process audio or video files that have been manually uploaded into Contour and are marked Speech To Text. This option includes the Machine Translation (MT) component for conversion from foreign text to English text. Additional processing engines can be added for more throughput capability. Requirements: Contour VRx or Contour Enterprise, servers meeting Contour specifications, Foreign Language and Machine Translation software license.

Available as licensed product/ODC
 

Video Editing - alls the user to clip sections of an audio or video asset, combine these clips together, and compile a video product complete with optional video introduction and text slates. The user may download the final product , and/or import the final product back into the system as a new searchable asset. Additional editing instances may be necessary for large volume environments. Requirements: Contour VRX or Contour Enterprise, servers configured to Contour specifications.

Available as licensed product/ODC
 

Media Ingestion - allows users toi up0load digital media files in a wide array of formats. The files are then searchable based on any metadata supplied during the upload. Uploading options include individual or directory based uploads. Requirements: Contour VRx or Contour Enterprise, servers configured to Contour specifications.

Available as licensed product/ODC
 

Media Order - allows Contour users to convert assets from the Standard Contour WMV video Format into a format for use in the non-linear editing applications, PowerPoint presentation and mobile devises such as iPods. Converted files can be downloaded directly to the user’s desktop. Requirements: Contour VRx or Contour Enterprise, servers configured to Contour specifications, software license for conversion.

Available as licensed product/ODC
 

Broadcast Monitoring System - Contour 4-channel NTSC Broadcast monitoring system (turnkey). Designed for small workgroups needing to monitor 1-4 channels of closed captioned NTSC broadcasts. Includes 4-channel encoder, Contour software licencse, preconfigured workgroup servers (2). Options: Foreign and English, Foreign only broadcast monitoring. Requirements: Equipment rack, Broadcast quality composite video inputs (no-tuning capability), UPS or conditioned power, KVM and Rackmount Keyboard/monitor for access to servers.

Available as licensed product/ODC
 

Twitter Monitoring - Provides the user with the ability to define Twitter harvest requests to executed in real-time provide a time range of relevance or indefinitely. Twitter harvest requests may be defined by the user through 5 distinct methodologies: Boolean Search, User Harvest, Follower Harvest, Hash Tag Harvest of Geospatial Harvest. *Content harvested within a Contour Enterprise platform will provide additional analysis to include: Entity Extraction, User Defined Tagging and Indexing all of which provide accelerated search and retrieval. Requirements: Servers meeting DAC requirements. Contour VRx or Contour Enterprise required for all features.

Available as licensed product/ODC

 

Advanced Analytic Capabilities

Semantic Role Labeling (SRL) - Semantic Role Labeling (SRL) automatically builds semantic models of the entities, activities, and events described by unstructured text. DAC’s SRL software automatically identifies the fundamental ideas expressed by text and maps these ideas into semantic roles, such as attacker or victim. The structure provided by these roles provides the backbone for many other analytics, such as Semantic Search, or Relation Extraction. SRL can run on web-scale data, processing millions of documents within days. Requirements: none

Available as GOTS with labor integration costs
 

Automated Relation Extraction - supports analyst workflow by seamless integration of product generation with tools for concept-based and topic-based information retrieval. The analyst can create a template for an information product and fill in the sections with relevant sentences automatically retrieved from various data sources. The workflow allows the analyst to persist templates and products to support collaboration and minimize duplicated work. A completed product can be exported into Microsoft Word. Requirements: Contour Enterprise or approved ingest facility, SRL, STM.

Available as GOTS with labor integration costs
 

Relational Sentiment Analysis - Identifies positive and negative relationships between entities in a corpus of unstructured text. Relationships are extracted within and across documents, and all mentions of those entities are uncovered. DAC’s sentiment analysis capability detects opinions by looking at the distribution of positively and negatively charged words in text. This analysis is applied to the extracted relationships to reveal how that relationship is depicted in the corpus. Requirements: Contour Enterprise or approved ingest facility, SRL, entity tagging/co-reference resolver.

Available as GOTS with labor integration costs
 

Semantic Search - allows the analyst to go beyond keyword search, retrieving data based on its meaning rather than on the presence of specific terms. The analyst can search for the concept of Weapon without having to construct a compound query of several keywords such as bomb, rifle, flame-thrower, and knives. The analyst can navigate a collection of documents via facets based on semantic concepts and semantic roles; e.g., the concept of Kidnapping and the role of Perpetrator. Requirements: Contour Enterprise ingest facility, SRL, entity tagging/co-reference resolver.

Available as GOTS with labor integration costs
 

Statistical Topic Modeling (STM) - discovers what a huge collection of unstructured text is “about” by finding the groups of words that tend to co-occur throughout a data set. STM scales to process data sets of millions of documents, supports an on-line mode that keeps a content model up-to-date as data arrives, and has been extended to develop specialized models to uncover temporal, geographic, and social trends and patterns. Analysts view a collection of documents in a topic map and can quickly identify documents and entities of interest. The documents of interest can then be exported to a working set for further analysis by other analytics in the system. This workflow allows the analysts to begin with a large set of search results and rapidly down-select to documents of interest. Requirements: Contour Enterprise ingest facility and entity tagging/co-reference resolver.

Available as GOTS with labor integration costs