This informational presentation will describe the efforts by NATC in the areas of situational awareness, associated networks, real time threat recognition and post analysis techniques for target recognition. The evolution of real time processing techniques has increased the ability to recognize and respond to potential threats in or near real time. These techniques include analytics in the CCDcamera array, network based (satellite) processing and centralized real time processing. The advantages and limitations of each will be described through application examples. Additionally, a presentation of transport protocols will describe differing methods for compressing video and the associated performance advantages / limitations of each. These compression algorithms include MJPEG, JPEG2000, H264 and MPEG4 CODECs. A description of network issues associated with application of cameras in a vehicle based situational awareness system will outline experience with Ethernet, GIG-E, Gigabit Ethernet and wireless offboard systems. The presentation will conclude with an application developed to combine vehicle remote tracking, diagnostics and situational awareness feeds over a NSA approved, encrypted internet connection.
The presenter will be Mr. Rick Capps. Rick has been an engineer with Special Programs / NATC for 26 years and has led the department of engineers and software developers in efforts which include the Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement (MTVR) technical demonstrator, the Logistics Vehicle System Replacement (LVSR) technical demonstrator, the Combat Tactical Vehicle (CTV) technical demonstrator ,the Marine Personnel Carrier (MPC) technical demonstrator, the Hybrid Electric Platform (HEP), the Capacitor Engine Starting System (CESS), the Solid State Logic Controller (SSLC) and the Solid State Vehicle Recorder (SSVR) electrical / electronics design. The special programs group has focused on situational awareness, vehicle diagnostics and prognostics in recent projects. In support of these projects, the special programs group have developed situational awareness video networks, processing algorithms, wireless vehicle access systems and open systems architecture design. Rick has multiple patents in the areas of power control, intelligent vehicle networks and racing support systems. Rick studied at the Missouri Institute of Technology and Fresno State College.
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