The oil and diesel industries are plagued by the inability to accurately discriminate oil on water because there is not a strong contrast between oil and water. Thermal infrared imaging is limited because it can only distinguish oil from water when there is a large thermal difference between the two. Thermal and visible imagers are also unable to distinguish oil from vegetation or sun glint on the water.
Even if the oil and water temperatures are the same, our polarization imager, Pyxis®, can detect oil on water up to 400% better than standard thermal imagery while seepage can be detected up to a kilometer away. These impressive features make Pyxis® the perfect solution for leak and seep detection.
Now we partner with American Aerospace’s SkyScape to put our Pyxis® sensor on a drone. We call this the Oil Spill Cleanup and Response drone system, or OSCAR for short. The OSCAR system combines a Pyxis® LWIR sensor and a Pyxis® Visible sensor, or a commercial Visible Camera, on a three-axis gimbal which is mounted on the underside of a sUAS. This fully-integrated system includes everything necessary for remote field operations including airborne data acquisition, real-time data viewing, and one-button report generation. Find the target quickly, assess the situation, report on findings, and respond in minutes.
We can remotely monitor large areas and detect pollutants with 400% greater effectiveness over thermal imaging alone.
Real-Time Seep and Leak Detection
- Up to 400% better identification of oil on water than thermal alone with no false alarms
- Distinguishes oil from seaweed and other debris
- Works both day and night
- Suitable for automated continuous monitoring, detection, and alarm
- Mitigates specularly reflected light (glint)
Pyxis® is the industry’s first system to combine the power of polarization with standard thermal within a small form factor, making it the lowest SWaP-C polarization sensing thermal camera. Polarization provides the needed sensitivity for long-range oil detection with 400% improved contrast over standard thermal.
The addition of polarization to standard thermal exploits geometry and material composition to improve contrast and detail. Pyxis® is especially effective when thermal contrast is low or when a target becomes hidden in background clutter. Polarization enhanced imagers provide the ability to acquire and track targets from a multitude of platforms, as well as remotely identify disturbed earth, which assists in detecting manmade objects that are buried. Commercial and military applications for Pyxis® include object detection, security, surveillance, facial recognition, autonomous vehicle navigation, and collision avoidance.