Effective Video Handling on Unmanned Vehicles

The proliferation of unmanned vehicle platforms -- in the air, on the ground and in the water -- have provided an unparalleled opportunity to expand intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance to unprecedented levels. The appearance of unmanned vehicle deployment scenarios such as cooperative missions, autonomous control, combat roles, and unmanned vehicle formation flying (or "swarming") have increased the complexity and demands of the video processing features and data transfer of the image data. The spectrum of video processing needs in unmanned vehicle applications include video capture, archive, mission recording, transmission over communication link to remote stations, and decompression and display, in addition to target tracking and data fusion.

This paper describes and illustrates some of the many applications for which the GE Intelligent Platforms ICS-8580 rugged video processor is an ideal solution. It has the flexibility and features to greatly ease the system integration burden by providing one platform that can be used in many different ways. The ICS-8580 and the standalone daq8580 are truly unique products in the rugged COTS market. The ICS-8580 and daq8580 are interchangeable for any of the applications cited in this document. Choosing which product should be used is simply a question of optimal system architecture when other processing needs are factored in.