There are many sensor applications to address that could benefit from our technology. The most commonly-occurring issue is that thermal imagery alone is not always enough to distinguish oil from water, a truck from a tree, or to evaluate faces for recognition databases.
Our sensors are unique in that they detect an important attribute of light that is often overlooked: polarization. In the scenarios where thermal alone isn’t enough, polarization often is an enhancement that is most helpful.
Our sensors offer a wide range of applications, see below. Currently, the most sought after applications are detection of oil on water, man-made object detection in cluttered backgrounds, and determination of heading in GPS-denied environments.
Polarization coupled with specialized software provides the detection of military vehicles and other threats that are hardly seen in thermal imagery while eliminating background clutter. Pyxis increases IR contrast for hard-to-detect objects including camouflaged and concealed threats.
The largest source of target location error in existing systems is to accurately determining azimuth. In most cases, azimuth errors in the guidance of man-portable weapon systems would lead to failure of target acquisition and destruction. Digital magnetic compasses have long been an inexpensive means for azimuth determination, but they are hindered by magnetic interference and offer only marginal accuracy. The SkyPASS sensor is a high accuracy, low SWaP-C solution for determining azimuth within 2 mills for any platform requiring accurate heading information, including man-portable weapon systems.
Polarization-enhanced thermal imaging analyzes facial features by sensing subtle changes in shape for a higher degree of identification accuracy. It works equally well in day and night conditions and does not require ambient or controlled lighting.
With polarization, it is easy to distinguish the roadway, obstacles, and other vehicles at a distance, even when thermal has low contrast or is misleading due to shadows. Daylight detail is revealed in low-light and dark scenarios to aid in pathfinding and obstacle avoidance.
Intelligence, reconnaissance, and surveillance is central to gather and processing information. Although collecting information in the visible spectrum can be helpful, it leaves untold amounts of information still ungathered, especially in low-light or night-time scenarios. Through the use of polarization-enhanced thermal imaging sensors, information will no longer be sparse.
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