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Real-time implementation of image alignment and fusion
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Paper Abstract

Many modern imaging and surveillance systems contain more than one sensor. For example, most modern airborne imaging pods contain at least visible and infrared sensors. Often these systems have a single display that is only capable of showing data from either camera, and thereby fail to exploit the benefit of having simultaneous multi-spectral data available to the user. It can be advantageous to capture all spectral features within each image and to display a fused result rather than single band imagery. This paper discusses the key processes necessary for an image fusion system and then describes how they were implemented in a real-time, rugged hardware system. The problems of temporal and spatial misalignment of the sensors and the process of electronic image warping must be solved before the image data is fused. The techniques used to align the two inputs to the fusion system are described and a summary is given of our research into automatic alignment techniques. The benefits of different image fusion schemes are discussed and those that were implemented are described. The paper concludes with a summary of the real-time implementation of image alignment and image fusion by Octec and Waterfall Solutions and the problems that have been encountered and overcome.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 December 2004
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5612, Electro-Optical and Infrared Systems: Technology and Applications, (6 December 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.578265
Show Author Affiliations
David J. Dwyer, Octec Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Moira I. Smith, Waterfall Solutions Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Jason L. Dale, Octec Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Jamie P. Heather, Waterfall Solutions Ltd. (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5612:
Electro-Optical and Infrared Systems: Technology and Applications
Ronald G. Driggers; David A. Huckridge, Editor(s)

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