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Real-Time Image Data Acquisition/Retrieval (RIDAR) System
Author(s): Harold H. Kantner
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Paper Abstract

Aerial photoreconnaissance with optoelectronic sensors generates video data at formidable rates. All facets of the image data handling and assimilation problem are brought together in presentation of a viable means for its solution. A real-time image data acquisition/retrieval (RIDAR) system is defined and described. System architecture is that of a ground-based data hub which serves operational requirements of reconnaissance and surveillance activities. The RIDAR system functions to enable human beings to screen wideband video signals continuously incoming from high-resolution large-format sensors of remote survey stations as they sweep rapidly over scenes of interest. A basic system feature is its immediate display of a widefield index picture which shifts through the observation field synchronously with sensor transit of the object scene. Pointer designation of an image detail selects its subfield for magnified display and/or speed-print of a high-resolution document. Capture of incoming image data in permanent mass storage permits subsequent playback and selective recall through the same display and document generator system. The proposed RIDAR system can be extended toward a more universal image data processor by incorporating optical and electronic means for parallel computation over two- and three-dimensional fields.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 October 1975
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 0066, Efficient Transmission of Pictorial Information, (30 October 1975); doi: 10.1117/12.965363
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Harold H. Kantner, CAI, a Division of Bourns, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0066:
Efficient Transmission of Pictorial Information
Andrew G. Tescher, Editor(s)

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