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Technology advanced mini-eyesafe rangefinder (TAMER)
Author(s): Glen P. Abousleman; Bill Smeed
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Paper Abstract

The Technology Advanced Mini-Eyesafe Rangefinder (TAMER) module is a portable, lightweight (7 lbs), hand-held, target determination system. This rapid prototype program involved the integration of a Motorola 68360 microprocessor, electronic compass, laser range finder, GPS, 4 PCMCIA expansion slots, 0.7-inch micro display, digital camera, floating point unit, and various communications interfaces. The CPU computes an absolute target position based on laser range to target, C/VAM azimuth and inclination inputs, and absolute GPS position. This target position is automatically formatted into a standard military surveillance report and stored in local non- volatile memory. The operator can attach to a SINCGARS radio or to any RS232 compatible system (e.g., cellular telephone). To facilitate the above functionality, the TAMER system utilizes various power saving strategies including software- geared power reduction, power supply configuration, external device integration, and incorporation of low-power ICs. Additionally, TAMER utilizes state-of-the-art digital image compression technology. This custom image coder is based on wavelet decomposition and trellis-coded quantization (TCQ). The algorithm enables TAMER to transmit useful imagery over its severely disadvantaged wireless link.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 August 1998
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3394, Sensor Technology for Soldier Systems, (27 August 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.321041
Show Author Affiliations
Glen P. Abousleman, Motorola (United States)
Bill Smeed, Motorola (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3394:
Sensor Technology for Soldier Systems
Patrick R. Snow Jr.; David A. Randall, Editor(s)

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