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Rugged Cameras for Long-Range Observation Systems

 

TMX6The proliferation of mission critical imaging systems in recent years is a result of heightened security concerns and intensified surveillance at airports, seaports, in cities, at borders, in warzones, etc.  Long-range observation and designator systems have been installed on permanent and mobile platforms to provide 24-hour surveillance and early warning detection.

Although more imaging devices have been added to the platforms there is now a move towards higher accuracy, increased image quality, networked video distribution and multipurpose use (extension of capabilities) at identical or lower cost.

These imaging systems need to detect, recognize, and identify objects and persons on the ground at ranges from 4 to 20 kilometers under challenging environmental conditions.  In order to enable higher image quality, increased resolution and affordable low light capabilities without increasing size of zoom optics, ½” sensors are usually desirable.  Notable exceptions include single or multi, fixed field of view systems, which are generally used in lightweight and low power semi – portable devices or larger platforms for long ranges and can provide the space needed for large zoom optics.

Adimec cameras provide full HD images in real-time under harsh conditions.  Optimized functionality for outdoor lighting variations provides excellent visibility even in haze and fog.  The optional CoaXPress interface lets you connect several cameras and transmit large amounts of data while using existing coaxial cabling. CoaXPress provides power, communication and a 6.25 Gpbs video stream to the system over 1 cable per camera.

Challenges for ground observation systems are backwards compatibility with PAL/NTCS systems, variations in display resolution, ruggedness, haze, fog, scintillation, performance in low-light and the design and production of electro-optics in higher volumes.

Typical Systems

Ground vehicle situational awareness, surveillance, and site

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Long-range fixed or mobile observation or remote weapon systems


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Border control, airport monitoring, city surveillance, and more

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Increase Detection Ranges

Video Enhancement to see through the fog and haze

Adimec’s unique video enhancement module (VEM) eliminates the effects of hazy atmosphere due to fog, sunlight, or shade scattering for visibility in challenging conditions.

Full HD

Full HD video increases detection capabilities of potentially dangerous situations, provides recognition from longer distances, and improves identification for better mission effectiveness.  This extends the distance from potential danger or gives more time to react to threats.

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Easy System Integration and Upgrades

Interface Options

Adimec’s rugged camera platform supports a variety of interface options to support integration into new systems and upgrades of legacy systems.  Interfaces include:

  • Camera Link
  • HD-SDI
  • 2xHD-SDI + analog (PAL or NTSC)
  • 3G-SDI
  • CoaXPress

Smart Functionality

Embedded functionality includes the possibility for scaling down to smaller resolutions to allow flexibility for fit within legacy systems, use of various display sizes, backwards compatibility, and reduced data rates when desired.

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Rugged and SWaP-C Optimized
Small Outline, No Cooling, Rugged Qualified

Military Grade Quality Systems

With focus on long-term partnerships, we offer constant product quality through tight quality control and strict product life cycle management. Our rugged cameras are compliant to MIL-STD-810G to verify rugged performance.  All of our cameras are subjected to a full acceptance test with options for thermal cycling and vibration stress screening.

Image formats and scaling

The TMX-DHD cameras have an advanced up-sampling and down-sampling function which can be used for digital zoom but also for meeting various image formats. This enables the integrator to use FULL-HD cameras even without supporting displays. The TMX6-DHD HD-SDI comes with a parallel PAL / NTSC video output which can be used in analog systems or as a parallel video feed next to HD-SDI.

Applications & available models