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Synthetic aperture radar data visualization on the iPod Touch
Author(s): Aaron Fouts; Rhonda Vickery; Uttam Majumder; Tracy Burchett; Troy Klein; Michael Minardi
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Paper Abstract

A major area of focus for the Air Force is sensor performance in urban environments. Aircraft with multiple sensor modalities, such as Synthetic Aperture RADAR (SAR), Infrared (IR), and Electro-Optics (EO), are essential for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) of current and future urban battlefields. Although applications exist for visualization of these types of imagery, they usually require at least a laptop computer and internet connection. Field operatives need to be able to access georeferenced information about imagery as part of a Geographic Information System (GIS) on mobile devices. The iPod/iPhone has a 640x480 resolution multi-touch display, making it an excellent device for interacting with georeferenced imagery. We created an iPhone application that loads SAR imagery and allows the user to interact with it. The user multi-touch interface provides pan and zoom capabilities as well as options to change parameters relating to the query. We describe how operatives in the field can use this application to investigate SAR and GIS related problems on the iPhone mobile device, which otherwise would require a computer and Internet connection.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 April 2010
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7699, Algorithms for Synthetic Aperture Radar Imagery XVII, 76990G (18 April 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.852725
Show Author Affiliations
Aaron Fouts, Wright State Univ. (United States)
Rhonda Vickery, High Performance Technologies, Inc. (United States)
Uttam Majumder, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Tracy Burchett, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Troy Klein, Set Corp. (United States)
Michael Minardi, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7699:
Algorithms for Synthetic Aperture Radar Imagery XVII
Edmund G. Zelnio; Frederick D. Garber, Editor(s)

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