BOROSCOPE IMAGE STORAGE SYSTEM AND METHOD
Publication Date: 2017-Jan-26
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 A borescope image storage system and method is disclosed for encrypting and decrypting video and image data. The borescope system and method described herein involves operating a borescope in at least two modes, an encryption mode and non-encryption mode using a unique encryption key stored on a device. The unique encryption key allows for image and measurement data to be acquired during inspection and encrypted to prevent tampering and unauthorized viewing. The borescope image storage system and method results in more secured data storage and viewing from the standard image format currently used in borescope inspecting.
 Video borescope technology may be used across a wide range of industries for Non-Destructive Evaluation. A video borescope may be used to inspect assets, produce images, record annotations, and take and/or calculate measurements. The borescope may generate video, still images, or a combination thereof, and may produce additional data such as measurements. Video borescopes store data in a standard file format, for example, still images may be stored in JPEG, bitmap, or another standard still image format and recorded video may be stored as MPEG, H.264 or another standard video format.
 Referring to Figure 1, an exemplary borescope system 10 is depicted. Borescope system 10 may include a borescope 12, a liner 13, and a housing 14 for receiving the borescope 12 and the liner 13. The borescope system 10 may further include a video head 18 allowing for images, video, and data to be obtained. The borescope 12 may include one or more sensors for sensing environmental factors, such as temperature, pressure, etc. The borescope 12 may be flexible, rigid, or a combination thereof, or may contain one or more flexible portions, such as the video head 18 having flexibility or movement capability.
 The borescope 12 may further include a controller or control box 20, which controls one or more functionalities of the borescope 12 using control means such as a joystick 22. For instance, the controller may control movement of the video head 18, one or more operational parameters, or movement of the borescope 12 through an inspection. A slot (not shown) may also be included for inserting a device 116, such as an external memory. The device 116 could be a memory card, external storage, a USB, or other similar device. Alternatively, the device 116 may be integrated into a controller or control box 20.
 The video borescope 12 may be used to inspect an asset that is proprietary, confidential, trade secret, government classified, or where otherwise viewing of the asset is ideally restricted. In another instance, a borescope 12 may be used in a covert application or operation to observe, record, measure, or inspect an asset where the inspection should remain restricted. In yet another instance, a borescope 12 may be used for inspecting where the inspection generates images and measurements for use in legal proceedings. The images and data obtained in these inspections may be considered classified or may have value as intellectual property or evidence. In many cases, annotations or other measurement information may be obtained or calculated, which is also sensitive and should be restricted.
 A borescope image storage system and method is disclosed for encrypting and decrypting video and image data. The borescope system and method described herein involves operating a borescope in at least two modes, an encryption mode...