Obzerv announces a 650 K$ contract with Canadian Department of National Defense(Quebec, Canada, January 25, 2007) -- Obzerv Technologies Inc. today announces that it has been awarded by DRDC (Defense Research and Development Canada) a 650 K$ CAD contract to develop and integrate an active-range-gated camera payload into an L-3 Wescam MX-20 Multi-Spectral Imaging turret. This contract is a valuable part of the AIMS (Advanced Integrated Multi-Sensing Surveillance) TDP (Technology Demonstration Project) that covers improvement of tactical surveillance and SAR sensing capabilities for the Canadian Forces. The targeted platforms are FWSAR, CP-140 as well as UAV's.
Obzerv active range-gated cameras have recently been deployed at key strategic locations for coastal surveillance and are producing detailed identification of ships at long ranges, beyond 10 kilometers, and through airborne obscurity such as mist and fog. Mr. Bonnier, Obzerv's President comments: "Last Fall, three ARGC-2400 cameras (formerly the ATV-2000i) were integrated seamlessly to existing radar stations within a National Security surveillance project in South-East Asia. While the radar is dedicated for the detection and location of unusual activity and threats, the ARGC-2400 cameras classify and identify these targets. No other technology has this capability. Now that Obzerv active-imaging cameras have proven effectiveness for land-based applications, we want to provide our customers this new breakthrough identification capability from airborne stabilized platforms for search and rescue and defense applications."
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Thanks to the DALIS(tm) laser source illuminator, the night vision cameras developed by Obzerv provide more capability to perform long-range identification. Compared to thermal cameras, that are based on the temperature contrast of objects, Obzerv cameras collect the reflection of the laser pulse from targets, which allows any registration marks to be read and low contrast scenes to be clearly assessed. Operating day and night, the active imaging system becomes extremely valuable and uniquely effective during overcast nights and in degraded weather conditions (snow, fog, rain), conditions frequently encountered under coast guard, antiterrorism, and search and rescue missions.
Source : Obzerv Technologies Inc.