TNO (the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research) has developed a system for the Defence Materiel Organisation which can optimise the use of infrared sensors. From using a camera to find a skiff full of pirates to assessing the vulnerability of naval vessels. On Wednesday 9 February, the so-called EOSTAR (Electro-Optical Signal Transmission and Ranging) model was demonstrated to users at a symposium at the naval base in Den Helder.
The Defence organisation has been making increasing use of infrared cameras on its vessels and aircraft over the past years. Examples are the forward-looking infrared, the Sirius long-range infrared sensor and night-vision goggles. Because the armed forces are using this equipment more often, there is also a need to improve its use.
"EOSTAR calculates the optimum settings for infrared equipment. The system processes the environmental conditions, such as temperature, air pressure, humidity and oceanographic conditions", explains Lieutenant Commander Mario Bertelink. As Head of Meteorology and Oceanography of the Hydrographic Service, he is closely involved in the introduction of the system within the navy.
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