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Real-time image enhancement for vehicle mounted and man portable display systems
Author(s): Teresa Pace; Harry Lee; Drew Manville; Dieter Vogel; Mark Walker; Gene Cloud; James A. Puritz
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Paper Abstract

It is critical in surveillance applications to be able to extract features in imagery that may be of interest to the viewer at any time of the day or night. Infrared (IR) imagery is ideally suited for producing these types of images. However, even this imagery is not always optimal. Processing the imagery with a local area image operator can enhance additional features and characteristics in the image that provide the viewer with an improved understanding of the scene being observed. This paper discusses the development of two algorithms for image enhancement for infrared imagery using local area processing. The enhancement algorithm extends theory previously developed for medical applications. Algorithm differences addressed include application to IR imagery and to a panning camera rather than still imagery. It also discusses the obstacles encountered and overcome for insertion of this algorithm into a 10" gimbaled midwave infrared imaging system for a variety of real-time processing applications. This technology is directly applicable to driver's vision enhancement systems as well as other night visions systems such as night vision goggles.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 April 2007
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6558, Display Technologies and Applications for Defense, Security, and Avionics, 65580B (26 April 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.719814
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Teresa Pace, DRS Technologies, Sensors & Targeting Systems (United States)
Harry Lee, DRS Technologies, Sensors & Targeting Systems (United States)
Drew Manville, DRS Technologies, Sensors & Targeting Systems (United States)
Dieter Vogel, DRS Sensors & Targeting Systems (United States)
Mark Walker, DRS Sensors & Targeting Systems (United States)
Gene Cloud, DRS Technologies, Sensors & Targeting Systems (United States)
James A. Puritz, DRS Technologies, Sensors & Targeting Systems (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6558:
Display Technologies and Applications for Defense, Security, and Avionics
John T. Thomas; Andrew Malloy, Editor(s)

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