Multi-mode, Fused Sensor Imagery Increases Situational Awareness on the Battlefield

  • Sensor fusion provides intuitive situational awareness. By blending low light and infrared spectrum, warfighters are presented a picture which provides a high level of detail, depth perception and striking cues to important elements of a scene.
  • Sensor fusion removes the need for warfighters to do the integration of multiple separate in their heads like current systems expect them to do.
  • The benefits of fusion go beyond the military applications, but include providing a “Swiss Army knife” of sensor options in a single small package for first responders, utility inspectors and users yet to be discovered.

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BAE Systems has introduced one of the smallest multispectral sensors available for unmanned systems — an innovation that will help improve soldier situational awareness by reducing the time required to identify targets. On today’s battlefield, soldiers need the ability to process, understand, and engage with their environment at any time, under any condition or circumstance. The company’s Digitally Fused Sensor System (DFSS) offers a combination of multiple capabilities in a single sensor so that soldiers can intuitively assess a scene using an unmanned vehicle in time-critical situations.

“With sensor fusion, soldiers don’t need to switch back and forth between the daytime camera and the infrared camera, then try to compare those images in their heads as they do with existing systems,” said Eric Hansen, business development manager for Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance Solutions at BAE Systems. “Our new technology allows warfighters to quickly determine whether people or vehicles are hiding and if they present a threat.”

Source : BAE Systems PLC

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