Sentient Vision Systems is a leading developer of computer vision and artificial intelligence (AI) software solutions for defence and commercial applications.
Our imagery analysis systems provide autonomous real-time object detection and tracking capabilities for UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) and drones.
Our products are widely used for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions to enhance situational awareness and support strategic decisions in both land-based and maritime environments.
Kestrel Land – object detection & tracking
Wide-area surveillance system for UAVs
Kestrel Land provides high-precision automated real-time moving object detection for UAV EO/IR platforms. The open architecture system is sensor- and datalink-agnostic and can easily interface with almost any commercially available drone cameras.
The AI-enabled software performs full motion video processing, continually examining over 60 factors frame-by-frame to detect moving objects such as humans or vehicles that may be too small for a human operator to pick up or are on the periphery of the scene.
The software clearly marks targets of interest and can track full movement history as well as provide predicted future paths.
Kestrel Land significantly reduces operator fatigue and provides up to 20 times increase in surveillance area. The intuitive GUI allows use of digital zoom as well as EO/IR sensor zoom, and displays user-defined target history in real time while maintaining overwatch of the greater search area in the sensor’s Wide Field of View (WFOV).
Kestrel Maritime provides automated moving object detection for wide-area maritime surveillance in conditions up to Sea State 6. It allows operators of UAV electro-optical or infrared sensors to track targets in full-motion video as small as a couple of pixels square that would otherwise be lost in darkness, haze or breaking waves.
With the ability to detect small wooden or fibreglass vessels, people, debris, fishing buoys and fast boats, Kestrel Maritime allows operators to determine the geolocation, size, speed and direction of a target and its movement history in real time.
The AI-powered software provides a 20x increase in surveillance area and vastly reduces operator fatigue. The specialized Search & Rescue (SAR) mode focuses on detecting up-turned hulls of small boats as well as life-saving equipment such as lifejackets and life rafts, resulting in much quicker time to rescue.
The ITAR-free system is sensor- and datalink-agnostic and generates data compliant with the STANAG 4609 and MISB 0601 formats.
ViDAR (Visual Detection and Ranging) Maritime is a wide-area optical search system that uses computer vision and deep learning to autonomously find objects on the surface of the ocean in conditions up to Sea State 6. Featuring an external camera layout tailored to the specific drone platform and use case, and onboard low-SWaP processing electronics, it provides more than 300 times the coverage of existing EO/IR systems.
ViDAR Maritime provides operators with thumbnail images and coordinates of each object detected in real time. Upon selection of an image, it initiates automatic cross-cueing of the UAV’s primary sensor to objects of interest for closer inspection.
The versatile system features specialized configuration profiles for search & rescue and wide area search, and can be tailored towards a variety of fixed-wing and rotary drone platforms.