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Image processing system helps in situational awareness

Posted: 18 Sep 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:image processing subsystem? sensors? video signals?

GE Fanuc Embedded Systems has unveiled the ADEPT5000 image processing subsystem. Designed to interface with a wide range of physical sensors, ADEPT5000 is available for both fixed security installations and for military in-vehicle deployment.

ADEPT5000 has been developed in response to growing recognition of the difficulties posed by information overload in situational awareness, where multiple disparate information feeds "in which the inter-relationships between sensors is not always obvious" are delivered to banks of monitors. This creates the possibility of information overload, confusion and suboptimal reaction times on the part of operators who are often fatigued or stressed.

The ADEPT5000 system features a data extraction process, which provides user selectable options. ADEPT5000 can use scene change detection, moving target detection or contrast detection, and this is enhanced by a 'classification' process which is dependant on operating scenario, the sensors employed and system elements. Unlike existing situational awareness systems which rely on the operator to detect and classify an event, the ADEPT5000 system automatically brings events to the attention of the operator.

A typical 'contact' notification includes a graphic symbol around the contact; a graphic symbol flashed to the operator indicating the direction in which the contact should be visually followed; an audible alarm; the current image of the contact in a picture-in-picture window; and a recorded image of the contact displayed in a supplementary window.

To avoid the problems associated with receiving information from multiple sources, the ADEPT5000 automatically merges video signals from multiple sensors into a real-time interactive panoramic image which can be displayed on a single monitor. By integrating multiple sensor inputs, ADEPT5000 also allows real time monitoring of an area much larger than is possible with a single sensor.

The operator is able to interact with the panoramic image through a range of interface options including touchscreen, joystick and game controller. These devices facilitate scrolling through the panorama and zooming in and out on selected images through a technique known as 'virtual camera'. The panorama can also be integrated with a head-mounted display to form a "virtual control room" effect.

ADEPT5000 is designed to interface with any video sensor, including thermal imagers. It is currently available with analog video (CCIR/RS170) interfaces. The digital video interfaces, including GbE, will be available in the future.

- eeProductCenter




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