Thermal imaging cameras can detect heat, and are being used to detect car-mounted electronics, said Matthew Gullick, chief technology officer for sensor vendor Advanced Imaging Systems.
“You could actually take a thermal image and you could tell if the electronics are in the way or not,” he said.
Gullicks’ company recently won a $1.2 million contract from the U.S. Army to help develop thermal imaging systems for the Army’s Joint Automated Combat Vehicle (JACV) program.
The JACV is a small, light armored vehicle that’s designed to be self-propelled.
Its infrared sensors are mounted on the back of the vehicle.
If the sensor detects heat, the JACVs infrared cameras can be activated and used to track and potentially disable the vehicle, the company said.
But there’s a catch: the sensors are controlled by infrared signals sent through infrared receivers on the vehicles exterior, so they can’t be used to identify the presence of electronic components.
“The sensors are only going to pick up infrared signals, and they can only pick up one type of infrared signal,” Gullricks said.
That means if the infrared sensor detects an object, such as a car door, and then the sensor fails to detect heat or a vehicle is disabled, the infrared sensors won’t pick up the wrong signals and the infrared camera won’t be able to detect the wrong device, Gulloks said.
This isn’t the first time thermal imaging has been used in the Jacv program.
Gully Imaging Systems won a contract to use infrared imaging to track the vehicle’s electronics in 2017.
The company says the company’s infrared cameras have an accuracy of 98 percent and can detect the presence or absence of electronics and can be configured to detect various types of thermal signals.
GULLICK’S COMPANY ALSO EARNED ANOTHER CONTRACT FROM THE ARMY FOR TECHNOLOGY FOR ITS TECHNOLOGICAL MISSION PLAN FOR THE JACVEV.
In 2017, the U,S.
Navy awarded Gully the contract to develop a system for thermal imaging sensors that can detect and track electronic systems in the vehicle and assist the operator in maintaining control over the vehicle without requiring manual operation.
The system would provide an advanced thermal imaging capability for the JCAV.
The project has been awarded to Gully, the same company that won the contract for infrared cameras to detect vehicle electronics in the past, according to the contract.
GAA CONTRACTS ANOTHER $1 MILLION CONTRACT FOR A NEW TARGET CAR The GAA’s new contract with Advanced Imaging Solutions, also known as AIS, for infrared sensors for the use in the Army JACVS, is a $750,000 contract, which Gullacks called a “huge, significant contract.”
The contract includes the purchase of about 800 infrared sensors, GULLILLISTS said.
It also includes the development of a software package for use by the AIS infrared sensors.
The software package will be integrated with the AISA’s proprietary thermal imaging software to provide a highly accurate and reliable thermal imaging system, GILLISONS said.
The AIS contract is part of a larger $1 billion contract the U of T has with the UAV technology company, which has been focused on thermal imaging.
The UAV company, based in Calgary, is developing an infrared camera for the UAA, the first U.A.B. combat vehicle.
In May, the military awarded the UA-18, a U.C.V.-mounted helicopter, to UAA-18 Technologies, based on a UAA contract that included a $2.8 million, five-year, non-recurring payment.
The $2 billion payment includes $900,000 for UAA to develop infrared thermal imaging equipment.
GILLIARDS DEVELOPMENT OF AIS IRON CHIP The Gully Systems infrared camera was developed to help monitor and detect the thermal properties of the vehicles interior.
The infrared cameras are designed to detect infrared signals and can determine whether a vehicle interior has heat or not.
The heat can be detected by infrared sensors on the exterior of the U-Haul, which are attached to the vehicle chassis, Gills said.
If heat is detected, the sensors can be used for the vehicle to automatically disable and/or disable other vehicles, or to detect if a vehicle’s electronic systems are operating.
The thermal imaging can be combined with an infrared sensor on the inside of the car to monitor the occupants, Gully said.
“If you want to know how much heat a vehicle has, you can just look at the infrared,” he explained.
“It’s the same type of heat that the engine is generating and it’s just a matter of measuring how much is in the car, and how much that heat is in your body.”
GullICK’s COMPANY HAS ALSO BEEN WORKING ON IRON TECHNIC