BAE Systems and the US Army have conducted a series of investigative studies and on-vehicle evaluations of 360°,
indirect viewing and ground vehicle vision systems. The studies consider a range of system options for establishing a
close-in, real-time, image-based situational awareness system for day and nighttime vehicle operation. Multi-spectral
imaging assets were utilized in combination with image processing techniques to extend situational awareness and
support the operation of armored vehicles during "closed-hatch" exercises. The study findings include the central role of
uncooled IR Microbolometers as a foundational element of day/night vehicle indirect vision systems.
BAE Systems led a collaborative study with New Mexico State University to investigate a series of ground based
persistent surveillance solutions for potential use along the Southwest border of the United States. This study considered
a wide range of system options for mobile and fixed site applications. This paper summarizes the findings of the study
including the central role of the imaging subsystems in mobile ground based surveillance solutions and the suitability of
uncooled IR Microbolometers within this subsystem. The paper also provides a discussion of the benefits of real time
decision support applications when fielding a persistent surveillance solution.