Applied Image Processing

As world leaders in the design and manufacture of rugged, real-time image processing subsystems with a rolling program of research and development, Abaco Systems is committed to ensuring your image processing application is a success from the beginning.

Real-time video fusion and video stabilization

Our image processors are at the heart of a wide range of commercial, military and paramilitary systems where they provide the highest performance solutions in the smallest, fully environmentally proven hardware packages. A range of proven high-performance algorithms, which can be tailored for the application, allow real-time image processing of targets within the video image which meet user-determined selection criteria such as real-time video fusion and video stabilization.

Real-time detection and tracking of targets within the video image

Our automatic video trackers and image processors are at the heart of a wide range of commercial, military and paramilitary systems where they provide the highest performance solutions in the smallest, fully environmentally proven hardware packages. A range of proven high-performance algorithms, which can be tailored for the application, allow real-time detection and tracking of targets within the video image which meet user-determined selection criteria. Other functionalities include real-time video fusion and video stabilization. Abaco’s video tracking modules offer a wide range of video and data interfaces in order to offer total flexibility for integration with customer systems and are available in a range of physical formats allowing customers to add auto-tracking and image processing to standard subsystem configurations with the minimum of integration activity.

Systems and products for optimized solutions for real-time local situational awareness

Abaco Systems’ 360 Local Situational Awareness systems and products provide optimized solutions for local situational awareness by seamlessly merging the video signals from multiple imagers into a real-time interactive 360 degree panoramic image which can be displayed on a single monitor, saving space and power. They offer a previously unattainable level of situational awareness to platforms such as armored vehicles, aircraft, remote unmanned platforms, and security and surveillance systems. An operator is able to interact with the panoramic image in real time through a range of interface options including touch screen, joystick and game style controller. These devices facilitate scrolling through the panorama and zooming in and out on selected images through a ‘virtual camera.’ Used in this way, the real-time panorama is very intuitive to use and interpret.

Display output format can be adapted to provide custom layouts to meet specific applications for individual problems and scenarios depending on customer requirements. Our situational awareness products have been designed to offer an intuitive user interface with a natural looking, seamless and undistorted perspective when seen by virtual camera applications.

Solutions and Services for a wide range of simulation and in-situ operator training

Our Embedded Training Solutions Group provides technologies, solutions and services for supporting a wide range of in-situ operator training on embedded hardware, for systems incorporating Electro Optical devices. The groups core competencies fall into the following categories:

  • Real time Electro Optical video simulation and image generation
  • Training scenario generation
  • Embedded hardware and tracking systems integration
  • Complete customized embedded training systems

Leveraging our wealth of experience in image processing and tracking systems, the Embedded Training Group have delivered a number of embedded procedural training systems for naval weapon operators which are currently in use with the US Navy and the UK Royal Navy.

The Challenge

Classroom based vehicle training systems are now commonplace and form part of the standard training regimen for many organizations around the world, offering a safe and relatively inexpensive environment in which to practice and reinforce procedural and tactical skills. Training systems have also been incorporated into trailers to enable classroom training to travel alongside forces when they are deployed.

Classroom and even trailer-based training systems have one fundamental drawback. The trainees have to leave their control stations in order to do their training, often using interfaces that are close to, but not the same as, those found at their control station. This results in reduced effectiveness due to travel to and from the classrooms, which in turn limits the frequency of training sessions leading to a longer time over which skills, learned during training exercises, can fade and become ineffective.

The Solution

By incorporating embedded training systems inside the vehicles the operators can engage in training exercises whenever it is required at a moments notice. The training systems are embedded in such a manner that the driver or operator is able to use the same interface equipment as he would use in normal control operation. While embedded training devices may increase the wear on driver and weapon interfaces, overall training costs are reduced as many mechanical components can be disabled while in a training mode.

Initial embedded training systems are focused on procedural training but as the technology advances it is likely that these systems will evolve to become tactical trainers or even play a role in front line mission rehearsal.

By applying the knowledge gained from a history of developing embedded image processing systems for Electro Optical (EO) systems, our company has developed an embedded training system, SIVET, that enables systems operators to train on board ship at their normal station. SIVET generates the simulated EO video, normally supplied by the EO sensors, and interacts with the various controls and tracking sub systems in a manner that is almost invisible to the operator.

SIVET based embedded training systems are currently being deployed by the Royal Navy and the US Navy over a wide range of ships, simulating different weapon systems.

Read more about the embedded training system, SIVET.

Custom Integration

We recognize that installing embedded training systems is a complicated process and often requires considerable additional effort to ensure that the training system operates effectively for each different type of station. As such we offer an integration service that enables us to customize the training system to meet the unique demands of our customers.

Example customization services include:

  • Generating customer specific communication interfaces for interacting with control systems or other devices
  • Building bespoke scenarios for operator training, incorporating geo specific areas of the world
  • The construction of unique 3D models, not currently offered in the existing library
  • Unique instructor interfaSces for use in a specific embedded environment
  • Incorporating ballistic simulation models for weapon systems not already supported in the simulator
  • Simulating display symbology
  • Support for the design of training programs and training material

Next Generation

We are in the process of developing the next generation embedded training system which will offer refinements to the current system, as well as additional new features that will allow future training systems to become part of the tactical training environment by allowing them to communicate with other training devices, either in the same vehicle, or over a remote connection.

Some of the new capabilities include:

  • Large area terrain databases
  • Support for more commercial 3D database file formats
  • Support for more commercial communication protocols such as DIS & HLA
  • Multiple synchronized video outputs
  • Improved scenario generation
  • Improved trainee performance evaluation
  • An application programming interface for easier customization

Abaco Systems provides real-time image processing for multiple target detection and tracking, image fusion, graphics processing and display, and image stabilization in electro-optical systems operating in commercial, military and paramilitary environments. Our ruggedized display processors provide full 360° situational awareness from multiple EO sensors.

We offer a previously unattainable level of situational awareness to platforms such as armored vehicles, aircraft, and remote unmanned platforms. Our Simulations and Training Solutions Group provides technologies, solutions and services for supporting a wide range of target and scenario simulation with in-situ operator training.

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