Pleora Technologies has proven expertise in real-time sensor networking for mission-critical applications. Our products are deployed in thousands of imaging applications, from automated quality inspection to image-guided surgery.
Global military manufacturers and system designers rely on our products, standards expertise, and systems knowledge to reduce cognitive burden and increase mission-effectiveness for end-users while meeting interoperability and scalability demands in size, weight, power and cost (SWaP-C) sensitive real-time security and defence imaging applications.
The company's networking expertise has been designed into local situational awareness (LSA), C4ISR, remote controlled weapon stations (RCWS), driver vision enhancer (DVE), perimeter security, chemical detection, and panoramic surveillance applications.
Military imaging systems have traditionally used point-to-point interfaces to connect sensors, processors, and displays. This approach adds costs, redundancy and failure concerns, challenges future scalability, and more critically results in complex, difficult to operate vehicle electronics (vetronics) systems for an already overburdened crew.
In comparison, Pleora's interface products convert sensor data from multiple sources into a standardised feed that is transmitted over a low latency, multicast Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) network to endpoints. Migrating to a unified sensor and display network, manufacturers can significantly reduce hardware and peripheral equipment within the vehicle and deploy simplified, less expensive cabling to help meet cost and weight objectives.
With all devices connected to a common infrastructure, sensor data can be transmitted to any combination of mission computers and displays. Vehicle crew can view information they need on a single display, and know immediately if something has changed in their environment, without changing cabling or configuring software.
Pleora's RuggedCONNECT Networked Video Processing Unit (NVPU) platform is a fundamental building block for developing real-time sensor networks operating in harsh environments. Manufacturers can design standards-compliant vehicle platforms that are rapidly deployable, mission configurable, and cost-effective, with full scalability to ensure future capabilities to increase mission effectiveness can be incorporated with minimum integration effort.
The scalable, modular technology platform enabling the design of straightforward camera-to-display systems and cost-effective evolution to fully networked architectures integrating different sensor and display types, switching, processing, and recording units. The RuggedCONNECT NVPU-8A2D includes eight analogue composite inputs supporting RS-170/NTSC/PAL and two independent DVI-D single link displays for vehicle-based local situational awareness (LSA) and driver vision enhancer (DVE) applications.
The RuggedCONNECT NVPU platform architecture is designed for scalability, with a flexible approach for interfacing sensors, displays, networks, and general communications I/O. A highly configurable carrier card architecture enables modular internal assembly to address various sensor interfaces, such as HD-SDI, CameraLink, DVI, RGB, STANAG, and display interfaces including VGA, HD-SDI, HDMI, DisplayPort, and analog composite. Designers can leverage the platform's flexible input, output, network, and communications capabilities - including basic sensor, display, or network-only processing units - to address video sensor and display standards and tailor solutions to specific system and SWaP-C needs.
The RuggedCONNECT platform meets video performance requirements outlined in Def Stan 00-082 (VIVOE), STANAG 4697 (PLEVID), and MISB ST 1608 to enable to design of vehicle electronics platforms that comply with STANAG 4754 (NGVA), Def Stan 23-009 (GVA), and VICTORY guidelines.
Combining the high-performance video networking capabilities of RuggedCONNECT with the powerful GPU resources of the NVIDIA Jetson TX2i, designers can easily add application-specific image processing and graphics overlay decision-support capabilities to reduce cognitive burden and increase mission effectiveness.
Options range from image fusion, 360 degree stitching, map/terrain overlay, and image enhancement to more demanding capabilities such as convolutional-neural-network based threat detection and classification.
Pleora's eBUS360 SDK (software development kit) is a feature rich solution that simplifies design of standards-compliant software applications that receive both Def Stan 00-082 Vetronics Infrastructure for Video Over Ethernet (VIVOE) and GigE Vision video streams in GVA (Def Stan 23-009) and NGVA (STANAG 4754) LSA and C4ISR platforms.
eBUS360 SDK networks ruggedised GigE Vision and VIVOE cameras, sensors, and video equipment from multiple vendors through a comprehensive API that is portable across Linux and Windows operating systems. Building image processing applications on top of eBUS360, users are no longer tied to manufacturer-speci¬fic SDKs and can develop systems using any GigE Vision and VIVOE compliant camera or image sensor. By using a shared SDK for all transport functions, designers can preserve existing software investments while adding advanced systems capabilities to help increase mission effectiveness.
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