22 July 1999 Remote battlefield observer technology (REBOT)
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Abstract
Battlefield situation awareness is the most fundamental prerequisite for effective command and control. Information about the state of the battlefield must be both timely and accurate. Imagery data is of particular importance because it can be directly used to monitor the deployment of enemy forces in a given area of interest, the traversability of the terrain in that area, as well as many other variables that are critical for tactical and force level planning. In this paper we describe prototype REmote Battlefield Observer Technology (REBOT) that can be deployed at specified locations and subsequently tasked to transmit high resolution panoramic imagery of its surrounding area. Although first generation REBOTs will be stationary platforms, the next generation will be autonomous ground vehicles capable of transporting themselves to specified locations. We argue that REBOT fills a critical gap in present situation awareness technologies. We expect to provide results of REBOT tests to be conducted at the 1999 Marines Advanced Warfighting Demonstration.
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Marco O. Lanzagorta, Marco O. Lanzagorta, Jeffrey K. Uhlmann, Jeffrey K. Uhlmann, Simon J. Julier, Simon J. Julier, Eddy Kuo, Eddy Kuo, "Remote battlefield observer technology (REBOT)", Proc. SPIE 3693, Unmanned Ground Vehicle Technology, (22 July 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.354455; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.354455
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