Protecting national borders, military and industrial complexes, national Infrastructure and high-value targets
is critical to national security. Traditional solutions use a combination of ground surveillance radar, motion
detection systems and video surveillance systems. Our development objective was to provide wide area
360-degree surveillance and ground-moving target detection using a passive optical system.
In order to meet this objective, the development of an optical system capable of wide-area surveillance with
intelligent cueing, high-resolution tracking and target identification is required. The predominant approach to
optical surveillance has traditionally been gimbaled narrow field-of-view systems. These systems miss the
majority of events occurring around them because of their inability to focus on anything other than a single
event or object at any one time.
Details of the system requirements definition, design trade studies and selected design configurations are
discussed. The experimental results obtained during the current development phase have provided
consistently high quality images and enhanced situational awareness. A summary of field validation
methods and results is provided.