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5 May 2010 Task-specific sensor settings for electro-optical systems in a marine environment
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Present-day naval operations take place in coastal environments as well as narrow straits all over the world. Coastal environments around the world are exhibiting a number of threats to naval forces. In particular, a large number of asymmetric threats can be present in environments with cluttered backgrounds as well as rapidly varying atmospheric conditions. The automatic detection of small targets by electro-optical systems may be hampered by small surface structure variations at the surface and near the horizon. In current electro-optical sensor systems processing of imagery is seldom task-specific. Using task-specific settings of sensors, processing and fusion, can improve the performance of electro-optical systems dramatically. This paper discusses the effect of dynamic sensor settings as function of specific tasks and environmental parameters and how these can play a role in the management of sensors in a naval application. In addition, a series of experiments with different targets are presented to demonstrate the benefit of sensor management. Some sensor management approaches for application in infrared systems are discussed.
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Piet B. W. Schwering, Sebastiaan P. van den Broek, Rob A. W. Kemp, and Henk A. Lensen "Task-specific sensor settings for electro-optical systems in a marine environment", Proc. SPIE 7666, Sensors, and Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence (C3I) Technologies for Homeland Security and Homeland Defense IX, 76662I (5 May 2010);

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