Image and Video Recorders, Processing Units and Software for UAVs; Rugged Computers for Surveillance and Defense

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Vision4ce is a leading developer of rugged image and video processing solutions for unmanned systems electro-optics in all domains – land, sea and air. Our hardware processing platforms and integrated software products provide detection, tracking and targeting capabilities for UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), drones, UGVs (unmanned ground vehicles) and a variety of other robotic platforms.

Our products are highly customisable, allowing you to tailor a solution for any unmanned systems requirements in the harshest of environments.

GRIP Rugged Computing Platforms

High performance PC hardware for image and video processing

Our rugged GRIP PCs, packaged within environmentally sealed enclosures and designed for harsh environments, provide high-performance image and video processing for UAVs and unmanned vehicles. Based around the latest Intel Core i7 CPUs, they also feature NVIDIA GPU options for high-spec graphics and GPGPU computing applications.

All units feature a 2.5″ SSD SATA hard drive, PCIE expansion capabilities and a variety of I/O options, and can be equipped with up to 16GB of RAM.

Rugged computers deployed in harsh environments require effective cooling of high performance electronics. Our GRIP PC’s utilise proven cooling methods to ensure high reliability, with options for conduction and convection cooling of the overall unit.

A low-cost desktop development unit is also available, functionally equivalent to the rugged GRIP units and ideal for applications testing and R&D.

GRIP Alpha Rugged PC for UAVs

GRIP Alpha – Natural convection cooled rugged PC

GRIP Delta Rugged PC for UGVs

GRIP Delta – Forced air cooled rugged PC

GRIP Delta LP Natural convection cooled rugged PC

GRIP Delta LP – Natural convection cooled rugged PC

GRIP Epsilon Conduction Cooled Rugged PC

GRIP Epsilon (Conduction Cooled)

GRIP Epsilon Natural Convection Cooled Rugged PC

GRIP Epsilon (Convection Cooled)

GRIP Epsilon Forced Air Cooled Rugged PC

GRIP Epsilon (Forced Air Cooled)

Cooling CPU GPU Environmental Standards
GRIP Alpha Natural Convection Intel i7-4700EQ
or
i7-6820EQ
Intel HD Graphics 4000/5000 Commercial
GRIP Delta Forced Air NVIDIA GTX1050Ti
GRIP Delta LP Natural Convection NVIDIA GTX720
GRIP Epsilon Conduction Intel i7-4700EQ
or
i7-6820EQ
Intel HD Graphics 4000/5000
or
NVIDIA GTX1050Ti
Military
Natural Convection
Forced Air

Video Processing and Distribution Unit

Rugged processing and routing of multiple video sources

Our Video Processing and Distribution Unit (VPDU) provides low-latency processing and routing of multiple video sources to multiple output displays, and is ideal for unmanned systems such as UAVs with different video payloads for targeting, detection and situational awareness.

Video Processing and Distribution Units diagram

Supporting up to 24 input sources, the VDPU features a modular architecture that can be tailored to particular combinations of input and output requirements, including PAL, NTSC, 3G/HD-SDI, YPbPr, STANAG, HDMI, RGB, VGA and GigE Vision.

The system combines an Intel 4th or 6th generation Intel Core i7 processor with an AMD GPU to drive up to 6 displays. A range of middleware libraries, based on our GRIP VMS software, are available to take advantage of the VPDU’s capabilities, including:

  • BIT
  • Low latency video capture and display
  • Video detection and tracking
  • Video compression, streaming and recording
  • Image fusion
  • Ballistic computation
  • Panoramic image formation.

We can undertake the development of a complete bespoke application for the VPDU – contact us for more information.

VPDU (Video Processing and Distribution Unit)

VPDU

VPDU 10 Video Processing

VPDU 10

VPDU 20 Video Processing

VPDU 20

VPDU 30 Video Processing

VPDU 30

VPDU 100 (Embedded Video Processor)

VPDU 100 (Embedded Video Processor)

VPDU 110 (Embedded Video Processor)

VPDU 110 (Embedded Video Processor)

Specifications:

Processing Video Inputs Video Outputs
VPDU Intel CPU
AMD GPU
24 diverse video, Analog & digital, RGB, PAL/NTSC, SDI (SMPTE 292), DVI-D, CameraLink, GigEV 6 diverse video, RGB, DVI-D, DP
VPDU 10 Intel CPU
NVIDIA GPU FPGA
24 x HD-SDI (SMPTE 292) 4 x HD-SDI, 1 x DVI-D, 1 x PAL
VPDU 20 Intel CPU
NVIDIA TX2
Any two from: 2 x PAL/NTSC, 2 x YPbPr, 4 x HD-SDI 4 x PAL/NTSC/YPbPr, 4 x HD-SDI, 1 x DVI-D
VPDU 30 Dual NVIDIA TX2 2 x USB3.0 2 x DVI
VPDU 100 Intel CPU 2 x HD-SDI (SMPTE 292) 1 x HD-SDI (SMPTE 292), 1 x VGA, 1 x DVI-D
VPDU 110 NVIDIA TX2 Any two from: 2 x PAL/NTSC, 2 x YPbPr, 4 x HD-SDI 4 x PAL/NTSC/YPbPr, 4 x HD-SDI, 1 x HDMI

Digital Video Recorders

4 Channel DVRs with real-time H.264 compression

We offer a range of digital video recorders for UAVs and unmanned systems with a variety of capabilities, including:

  • Recording of un-compressed video
  • Recording of compressed video using H.264 and M-JPEG compression
  • Recording of metadata
  • Live pause, rewind, playback capability
  • Removable media
  • Bulk erase for rapid deletion of sensitive video
  • Encryption of recorded video
  • Selectable video input formats including PAL, NTSC, 3G/HD-SDI, YPbPr, CameraLink, HDMI, VGA, CoaXPress and GigE Vision
  • Network interface
  • Support for MPEG2-TS, RTSP, STANAG 4609 and DEF-STAN 00-82 video streaming
  • Direct display interfaces.

GRIP DVR

GRIP DVR (Digital Video Recorder) for UAVs

The GRIP DVR provides real-time H.264 compression of up to 4 analogue PAL/NTSC video channels at full D1 resolution. It features solid state storage capacity for more than 110 hours of H.264 compressed video, with options for additional storage and removable media. IP video server functionality is built in for network video streaming.

GRIP DVR-19

GRIP DVR-19 UAV Digital Video RecorderThe GRIP DVR-19 is built into a 3U 19” rack mount chassis and incorporates a 7” touch screen LCD display for control and video review. It is capable of real-time H.264 compression and recording of up to 4 analog video channels at full D1 resolution and frame rate.

Standard solid state storage provides capacity for more than 110 hours of H.264 compressed video, and data can be backed up to external storage via USB 2.0.

GRIP MINI DVR

COTS GRIP Mini DVR Rugged Video RecorderThe GRIP Mini DVR is a compact commercial off the shelf (COTS) system providing real-time H.264 compression and recording of up to 4 analog video channels at full D1 resolution or one HD channel at full frame rate.

In addition to 110 hours of H.264 compressed video storage, the system features a “last 20 minute” event capture Near Visually Lossless (NVL) capability for high-quality evidential use. IP video server functionality is built in for network video streaming.

Video Tracking Solutions

Embedded Target Tracking Image Software

DART (Detection Acquisition Tracking) softwareWe offer a variety of both hardware and software video tracking solutions based on our DART (Detection and Acquisition, with Robust Tracking) software. We are hardware agnostic, but for a more “embedded solution” we have the CHARM family of hardware solution designs to efficiently run the software. The embedded ARM-based CHARM video tracking platform interfaces with UAV, drone and robotic sensors, providing standardised video interfaces such as PAL, NTSC, YPbPr and HD-SDI.

Our video tracker solutions detect, locate and follow multiple objects of interest in the video image, controlling servo pan and tilt and providing enhanced features such as centroid and edge measurement, feature based correlation algorithms, adaptive background removal, and robust clutter rejection.

Key features:

  • Multiple object detection and tracking
  • Feature based correlation algorithm
  • Adaptive background removal
  • Grey level invariant algorithms
  • Centroid and edge measurement
  • Moving object detection
  • Automatic coast
  • Robust clutter rejection

Optional features:

  • Video compression and streaming
  • Servo platform control
  • Electronic image stabilisation
CHARM – Module Embedded video tracking module

CHARM – Module

CHARM – 70 Standalone video tracker board

CHARM – 70

CHARM – 80 Standalone video tracker board

CHARM – 80

CHARM – 80SDI Standalone video tracker board

CHARM – 80SDI

CHARM – 80 Enclosure Standalone video tracker unit

CHARM – 80

CHARM – 100 Board Standalone video processor board

CHARM – 100

CHARM – 100 Enclosure Standalone video processor unit

CHARM – 100 Enclosure

CHARM – 3U 3U video tracker board

CHARM – 3U

CHARM – 6U VME 6U VME video tracker board

CHARM – 6U

Specifications:

Form Factor Channels Video Inputs Video Outputs
CHARM Module Embedded module 1 1 x Parallel Digital 1 x Parallel
1 x HDMI
CHARM-70 Standalone board 1 2 x PAL/NTSC 1 x HDMI
CHARM-80 Standalone board 1 2 x PAL/NTSC 2 x PAL/NTSC
CHARM-80 SDI Standalone board 1 2 x HD-SDI 2 x HD-SDI
CHARM-80 (Enclosure) Standalone unit 1 2 x PAL/NTSC 2 x PAL/NTSC
CHARM-100 Standalone board 2 4 x PAL/NTSC
2 x YprPb
4 x 3G-SDI
4 x PAL/NTSC
2 x YprPb
4 x 3G-SDI
CHARM-100 (Enclosure) Standalone unit 2 2x PAL/NTSC
2x 3G/SDI
2x PAL/NTSC
2x 3G/SDI
CHARM-3U 3U board 1 2 x PAL/NTSC 2 x PAL/NTSC
CHARM-6U 6U VME board 1 2 x PAL/NTSC
2 x HD-SDI
2 x PAL/NTSC
2 x HD-SDI

Video Management Software

GRIP View video management and image processing software suite

Video management and image processing software for EO systems

GRIP View is a comprehensive video management and image processing software suite for the control of unmanned electro-optical systems. It is divided into standard software modules that can be individually acquired and completely customised to provide a flexible and powerful solution for UAV, drone and unmanned vehicle EO requirements.

GRIP View’s Graphical User Interface can display multiple video streams in a highly configurable screen layout, featuring ancillary data presentation and semi-transparent video overlays for vital situational awareness. Operators can interact with a vehicle’s EO system using a combination of touchscreen, joystick and keyboard control. Support is provided for operation and low latency video distribution over an IP network.

GRIP View’s extensive capabilities include:

  • Graphical User Interfaces
  • System control
  • Video Target Detection and Tracking (DART)
  • Panoramic Display Formation
  • Video Compression and Recording (H.264 & M-JPEG)
  • Video Streaming (MPEG-TS, STANAG 4609, RTSP, DEF STAN 00-82)
  • Electronic Image Stabilization (eStab)
  • Image Enhancement
  • Geodetic Positioning
  • Ballistic Computation
  • Remote operation over an IP network
  • Integration with Surveillance Radars
  • Multi language support.

Learn more: GRIP View (Video Management Software) >

Customisation

At Vision4ce we are committed to providing efficient, competitively priced and responsive video and image processing solutions, in support of customers’ product development objectives.  All of our products are designed with customisation in mind to support the cost effective implementation of application specific capabilities, as well as optimisation of the products for integration into a larger system.

Our collaborative approach allows customers to extend their development team and accelerate their ability to deliver on time and within budget. We offer a price to performance ratio unmatched by conventional embedded rugged hardware and our extensive software libraries enable rapid deployment to market.

Contact us to learn more: Customised Solutions > 

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