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Automatic detection of small surface targets with electro-optical sensors in a harbor environment
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Paper Abstract

In modern warfare scenarios naval ships must operate in coastal environments. These complex environments, in bays and narrow straits, with cluttered littoral backgrounds and many civilian ships may contain asymmetric threats of fast targets, such as rhibs, cabin boats and jet-skis. Optical sensors, in combination with image enhancement and automatic detection, assist an operator to reduce the response time, which is crucial for the protection of the naval and land-based supporting forces. In this paper, we present our work on automatic detection of small surface targets which includes multi-scale horizon detection and robust estimation of the background intensity. To evaluate the performance of our detection technology, data was recorded with both infrared and visual-light cameras in a coastal zone and in a harbor environment. During these trials multiple small targets were used. Results of this evaluation are shown in this paper.

Paper Details

Date Published: 7 October 2008
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7114, Electro-Optical Remote Sensing, Photonic Technologies, and Applications II, 711402 (7 October 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.799813
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Henri Bouma, TNO Defence, Security and Safety (Netherlands)
Dirk-Jan J. de Lange, TNO Defence, Security and Safety (Netherlands)
Sebastiaan P. van den Broek, TNO Defence, Security and Safety (Netherlands)
Rob A. W. Kemp, TNO Defence, Security and Safety (Netherlands)
Piet B. W. Schwering, TNO Defence, Security and Safety (Netherlands)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7114:
Electro-Optical Remote Sensing, Photonic Technologies, and Applications II
Gary W. Kamerman; Ove K. Steinvall; Keith L. Lewis; Thomas J. Merlet; Richard C. Hollins, Editor(s)

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