Multi-sensor systems

Multi- sensor surveillance systems represent a fast growing group of electro-optical systems of critical importance in both defense and civilian applications. At the same time they are the most expensive groups of electro-optical systems.  Most advanced but rarely met multi-sensor surveillance systems are built from a long series of sensors like thermal imager (or two thermal imagers, color VIS camera, low light VIS-NIR camera, SWIR camera, laser range finder, laser designator, laser pointer, illuminator located on a stabilized platform and such systems. Simpler systems built from two-three sensors located on smaller stabilized or non-stabilized platforms are more common.

All sensors used in the multi-sensor surveillance systems should be tested to assure that they fulfill assumed requirements. Next, such test should be periodically repeated to detect early deterioration of sensor parameters. Further on, all the sensors must be in properly aligned to assure proper performance of overall multi-sensor system. Deviations from the proper alignment must be corrected by periodic re-boresighting.

Inframet offers two type of systems for testing multi-sensor surveillance systems: MS systems and MIM systems.

MS series system are Inframet primary test systems   to support testing and boresight multi-sensor surveillance systems. MS systems are quasi universal test systems optimized for task of extensive testing and boresighting of big/medium size multi-sensor surveillance systems at laboratory/depot conditions. Some of Inframet customers built special platforms that make possible transport of these systems and they carry out tests outside laboratory. However, such situation is an exception from the rule.  Inframet can also deliver optional MIS moblile test systems  that can be considered as a special lightweight mobile version of MS optimized for testing small size multi-sensor systems.

 

Fig. 1. Photo of MS300 test system

MS test systems are expensive. Therefore Inframet offers also low cost MIM systems of significantly limited  test capabilities.  Therefore MIM is a perfect tool for manufacturers of multi sensor imaging systems or maintenance workshops that need simple, low cost tool to check focusing, resolution, sensitivity and boresight errors of simple  multi-sensor imaging system built as a set of several imagers.

Fig. 1. Photo of MIM110 test system

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