Aerialtronics Announces New AI-Driven Camera for Drones

By Mike Ball / 19 Feb 2018
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Aerltronics PENSAR camera

Aerialtronics has announced that it has launched the new version of its PENSAR camera-computer, driven by artificial intelligence, which features dual spectrum digital vision that allows real-time analysis of images or data. The highly customizable system can be mounted on a professional drone, mobile robot or used as an independent camera.

PENSAR, developed in Aerialtronics’ artificial intelligence laboratory, is one of the world’s first dual spectrum digital vision platforms dedicated to real-time data analysis using a miniaturized NVIDIA embedded processor with 1.5 teraflops of power. Its computing power, accelerated by the NVIDIA Jetson GPU processor in the NVIDIA Jetson module, enables it to detect, recognize, analyze and classify objects or people in real time. Simultaneous data acquisition and processing allows for immediate decision making.

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Its integrated camera with a 30x optical zoom makes it possible to spot very small details. Another FLIR thermal camera is used to identify heat sources and determine their temperature. The streams from these two cameras, recorded simultaneously, help optimize image analysis in day and night time and bad weather conditions.

The system can be designed and adapted for multiple applications, including surveillance, inspection, public security, anti-terrorist operations, and search and rescue. It features facial recognition and object recognition including license plates and animal recognition. A digital “privacy mask” can be integrated into the images to guarantee confidentiality and anonymity. The intelligent platform comes with an Ubuntu Linux Open Source operating system that allows users to customize it to suit their needs. PENSAR is compatible with open source libraries such as Google’s Tensor Flow.

Olivier Gualdoni, CEO of Aerialtronics’ parent company DRONE VOLT, said: “We are proud to present the brand new PENSAR. This smart camera is the culmination of several months of research and development from the engineers at Aerialtronics’ artificial intelligence laboratory; they pioneered the development of the first PENSAR and we decided to give this brilliant team the means to continue their work.”

Technical specifications of PENSAR:

  • Dimensions: 112.5 x 98.5 x 67.5 mm
  • Weight: 672 grams
  • NVIDIA Jetson TX1 GPU Processor
  • Double spectrum SENSOR RGB thanks to the: Built-in Sony 30x Full HD Optical Zoom Camera – 1920×1080 Resolution / 30fps Boson FLIR integrated thermal camera
  • Overlapping infrared FLIR fluxes and HD camera
  • 64 GB MICRO SD card (+16GB of internal storage)
  • Compatible with DRONE VOLT platforms: ALTURA ZENITH, HERCULES 5, HERCULES 10.
Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact
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