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APPLICATIONS AND TECHNOLOGY

On this page you will find selected applications that Overwatch Imaging systems can be used for as well as a description of the overall technology and how it works. Our imaging systems focus on finding small objects of interest in large search areas, which accelerates delivery of relevant intelligence to users. 

Overwatch Imaging offers imaging systems for three categories of applications:  Earthwatch for automated land surveillance, Oceanwatch for maritime patrol and search, and Linewatch for linear infrastructure inspections. 

APPLICATION CATEGORIES

Earthwatch for automated land surveillance 

  • Aerial firefighting, including early fire detection, real-time fire perimeter mapping, fuels analysis and burned area evaluation

  • Land use and terrain change analysis

  • Endangered animal monitoring and anti-poaching surveillance

  • Large-scale crop health and irrigation inspection

  • Small target detection and counting such as animal counting

  • Post-disaster response monitoring

  • Situational awareness base map updates

  • Flood response monitoring

  • Border security

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Oceanwatch for maritime patrol and search 

  • Long-range boat detection for counter-narcotics

  • Long-range detection for refugee safety programs

  • Fisheries management and enforcement

  • Search and rescue spotting

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Linewatch for linear infrastructure inspection 

  • Automated train track anomaly detection

  • Gas leak detection

  • Pipeline inspection

  • Power line inspection

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SOLVING THE "SODA STRAW" CHALLENGE OF AIRBORNE IMAGING

Overwatch Imaging systems eliminate the frustrating “soda-straw effect” common in traditional video gimbal systems (wherein the user is constrained, like viewing through a soda straw, to only seeing small sections of land or water at a time if they want to see high-resolution, meaningful images). 

By eliminating the soda straw effect, Overwatch Imaging makes large area, small-object searches immensely easier. 

Our systems operate in an automated scanning mode to increase data coverage at high resolution.  Because our systems use an onboard AI software to analyze imagery in real time, the system cameras can move quickly between each ground location, without being limited by human interpretation time or datalink transmission bottlenecks.

Compared to fixed-mount aerial cameras without onboard analytics software, Overwatch Imaging systems enable real-time intelligence, decrease data transfer challenges and greatly reduce post-flight processing time.

 

Overwatch Imaging systems for overland applications can increase per-pass data coverage by up to 4x, including overlap between images. This means users can either collect 4x the amount of ground per pass or increase the resolution by 4x, or some combination of both.

Compared to a video gimbal, Overwatch Imaging systems greatly increase the size of an area that can be analyzed, the speed at which it can be analyzed and the resolution of the imagery. 

HIGHER PRECISION IN LARGE AREA, SMALL TARGET SEARCH 

Overwatch Imaging systems analyze full-resolution imagery in real-time, which enables immediate checks of coverage and quality while the aircraft is still in the area of interest. 

 

Our systems only transmit the data required or desired by real-time operators, allowing timely intelligence even in areas with poor or no communications infrastructure (e.g. large wildlands where wildfires burn, the open ocean or stretches of railway between cities).  

This means reporting points of interest in map-format KML or shape files, cross-cueing other sensors for additional inspection, providing image chips or full-resolution raw images for in-flight download, and generating synthetic false-colored images in real time to highlight interesting content.

Mapping cameras with onboard storage but no real-time operating environment force users to wait until after flights have concluded to work with the data.  Overwatch Imaging systems deliver intelligence during flights or much faster afterwards.

We will create the ideal imaging system for your aircraft and application. 

The right imaging system enables the success of your aerial information program, and Overwatch Imaging is ready to help you get there.  Using our flexible TK-x nadir-oriented or PT-x pan-tilt system architecture with integrated GPU-accelerated processing power, we can rapidly adapt our autonomous camera systems to meet your SWAP (size, weight and power), resolution (spatial and spectral) and data delivery requirements.

Product modification options include:

  • Camera sensor resolution, spectral bands and optics

  • Mounting solutions and stabilization methods

  • Real-time data visualization and operator interaction

  • Onboard image processing and automated search criteria

  • Image compression, storage and data product generation

CUSTOMIZED IMAGING SYSTEMS

Contact us today to learn more about our technology and how we can customize it for your specific needs.