Vision Enhancement for Ground Vehicles
Kappa Optronics, based in Gleichen, Germany, has unveiled its ARMOR EYE driver vision enhancement (DVE) system, the company announced on 16 October.
Providing fluid, flicker-free video, creating ideal situational crew awareness and marked improvement in team safety and efficiency, the new device, incorporating DVE and a local situational awareness system (LSAS) offers scalable solutions for a range of vehicles and missions – for example, on the FFG WiSENT II, it is already in successful use with the Royal Norwegian Navy.
ARMOR EYE features up to 20 high-resolution cameras in various wavelength ranges, capturing every critical area. The Panoramic View Stitching process enables ergonomic, latency-free 360° viewing as if looking through glass. Even under the most difficult conditions – in complete darkness, smoke, fog, or covert operations – the multispectral combination of VIS and LWIR sensors offers good vision 24/7. An extreme DRI range is achieved from the optics/sensors combination; using zoom, even the finest details become visible.
Of particular note is the specially developed scalable Video Distribution Unit (VDU). With up to 20 digital SDI inputs, four SDI outputs, and four H.264 network streams, it is currently the most comprehensive digital solution on the market, delivering phenomenal system performance with extremely high image data throughput at zero latency. With an integrated NVIDIA GPU, the DVU offers every option for stitching, image fusion, augmented reality, and integration of future AI algorithms.
Clarity of vision is crucial for drivers negotiating uncertain terrain. A compelling, ergonomic design, such as ARMOR EYE, reduces factors that lead to nausea and fatigue, resulting in a clear increase in performance with immediate effect.