Integrated High Resolution Thermal Imager with Small Optics
Department of Defense
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APPLIED SCIENCE INNOVATIONS, INC.
307 Ridgewood Cir., Albany, NY, 12203
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AbstractIntelligent networks of distributed, unattended sensors of many modalities serve for increased situational awareness in all echelons of the Army. Applied Science Innovations (ASI) proposes Automated Panoramic Thermal Imaging Sensor (APTIS) with 360° field of view optics to provide instantaneous full horizon detection, location and tracking of multiple targets. These functions of the integrated sensor will be enabled and enhanced by the new high-resolution panoramic imager. In existing panoramic cameras, the inherent aberrations of the reflector result in smaller effective apertures and larger optics. New optical designs with aberration correction are proposed as part of the Phase I development. The proposed approach will combine the new, low-cost panoramic optics with the implementation of algorithms for target detection, location, and tracking, as well as power management and wakeup capability. GPS navigation and interface for communication with a distributed network of intelligent sensors will be provided. Phase I project will prove the feasibility of the concept, while Phase II will produce a viable, first generation prototype system. In Phase III, commercial applications of APTIS will serve the needs of the Army and other branches of the Armed Services, as well as civilian applications such as security and law enforcement.
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