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Wide field-of-view target detection and simultaneous narrow field of view target analysis
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Paper Abstract

Protecting national borders, military and industrial complexes, national Infrastructure and high-value targets is critical to national security. Traditional solutions use a combination of ground surveillance radar, motion detection systems and video surveillance systems. Our development objective was to provide wide area 360-degree surveillance and ground-moving target detection using a passive optical system. In order to meet this objective, the development of an optical system capable of wide-area surveillance with intelligent cueing, high-resolution tracking and target identification is required. The predominant approach to optical surveillance has traditionally been gimbaled narrow field-of-view systems. These systems miss the majority of events occurring around them because of their inability to focus on anything other than a single event or object at any one time. Details of the system requirements definition, design trade studies and selected design configurations are discussed. The experimental results obtained during the current development phase have provided consistently high quality images and enhanced situational awareness. A summary of field validation methods and results is provided.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 May 2009
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 7305, Sensors, and Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence (C3I) Technologies for Homeland Security and Homeland Defense VIII, 73050F (5 May 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.819085
Show Author Affiliations
Richard W. Nichols, Sky Innovations, Inc. (United States)
Geoffrey M. Miller, PVP Advanced EO Systems, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7305:
Sensors, and Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence (C3I) Technologies for Homeland Security and Homeland Defense VIII
Edward M. Carapezza, Editor(s)

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