Sentient’s AI-Powered Optical Sensor ViDAR Detects High-Altitude Targets for Advanced ISR Operations

Sentient Vision Systems, a pioneer in AI-enabled sensor solutions, proudly announces a remarkable milestone in sensor technology. Their Visual Detection and Ranging (ViDAR) system has notched up a series of impressive detections at an operating altitude of 30,000 feet, further solidifying its role as a game-changer in aerial surveillance and reconnaissance.

The mission objectives, set in collaboration with the Australian Defence Force (ADF), focused on developing effective methods for detecting, locating, and tracking small objects amidst complex environments. ViDAR’s cutting-edge deep learning and computer vision technology delivered results beyond expectations. Its faster data processing and pinpoint-accurate detections empower military commanders with immediate situational awareness on the battlefield.

The accomplished missions included:

Wide Area Reconnaissance: Sentient’s ViDAR scanned a vast 2000 square kilometers per hour while successfully detecting various objects of interest such as people, vehicles, and vessels. This astonishing speed outpaces traditional HD turret systems by an astounding 30 times.

Surveillance Overwatch: ViDAR effectively observed specific locations within busy environments, providing real-time reports on activities of interest.

This achievement, showcasing a modular AI-enabled payload with two modes of observation, arrives at a pivotal moment. The United States, United Kingdom, and Australia are deepening their collaboration through the AUKUS trilateral agreement, with Pillar II focusing on the AI workstream. This collaboration with allied forces enhances detection and classification accuracies through diverse data sources, enabling operators to make informed decisions in information-rich environments.

The data performance from these groundbreaking flights will be a central point of discussion at the upcoming AUSA event. Sentient’s executives, including US-based Business Development Directors Brent Bergen and Damien Tyrell, as well as Australia-based Mich Mak, Product Strategy Director, and Callum McGregor, Chief Technology Officer, will engage with the US Army, OEMs, and system integrators.

Callum McGregor, the CTO, highlighted the accomplishment: “The demonstrated capability not only met but often exceeded mission objectives, providing a clear path for deploying advanced, low-signature sensor solutions with onboard processing for both crewed and uncrewed airborne platforms within the AUKUS framework.”

The advantages for military operators are manifold:

Platform Agnosticism: ViDAR seamlessly integrates with any mission systems and offers an intuitive GUI that demands minimal logistics and training support.

Enhanced Versatility: The system’s scanning and overwatch sensors bolster joint forces with both land and maritime capabilities.

High Accuracy Data: ViDAR can detect, locate, classify, and track objects at 30,000 feet altitude, significantly enhancing intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities.

Brent Bergen emphasized the significance of real-time intelligence: “Lessons learned from incidents like those in Ukraine underscore the need for AI-enabled surveillance technologies to identify potential threats before they materialize.”

Sentient Vision Systems collaborates with various US partners and platforms, including the VXE30 Stalker. With nearly 4,500 systems deployed worldwide, Sentient’s AI-enabled sensor solutions for wide-area motion imagery continue to prove their mettle in detection and identification across diverse missions.

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