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Task-specific sensor settings for electro-optical systems in a marine environment
Author(s): Piet B. W. Schwering; Sebastiaan P. van den Broek; Rob A. W. Kemp; Henk A. Lensen
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Paper Abstract

Present-day naval operations take place in coastal environments as well as narrow straits all over the world. Coastal environments around the world are exhibiting a number of threats to naval forces. In particular, a large number of asymmetric threats can be present in environments with cluttered backgrounds as well as rapidly varying atmospheric conditions. The automatic detection of small targets by electro-optical systems may be hampered by small surface structure variations at the surface and near the horizon. In current electro-optical sensor systems processing of imagery is seldom task-specific. Using task-specific settings of sensors, processing and fusion, can improve the performance of electro-optical systems dramatically. This paper discusses the effect of dynamic sensor settings as function of specific tasks and environmental parameters and how these can play a role in the management of sensors in a naval application. In addition, a series of experiments with different targets are presented to demonstrate the benefit of sensor management. Some sensor management approaches for application in infrared systems are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 May 2010
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7666, Sensors, and Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence (C3I) Technologies for Homeland Security and Homeland Defense IX, 76662I (5 May 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.851140
Show Author Affiliations
Piet B. W. Schwering, 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)
Henk A. Lensen, TNO Defence, Security and Safety (Netherlands)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7666:
Sensors, and Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence (C3I) Technologies for Homeland Security and Homeland Defense IX
Edward M. Carapezza, Editor(s)

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