SKYTRAC Systems Ltd. (SKYTRAC) and TerraSense Analytics have partnered to bring their combined capabilities to Transport Canada’s National Aerial Surveillance Program (NASP) for Maritime and Arctic Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR).
The SKYTRAC SDL-350 SATCOM terminal will provide Transport Canada’s Dash-7 and Dash-8 aircraft with Iridium Certus connectivity, enabling up to 704 Kbps of bandwidth. The connectivity will provide the aircraft with the capability to transmit live video, EO/IR imaging, and much more, directly to the ground in real-time.
The TerraSense MIST technology, which will be hosted on board SKYTRAC’s SDL-350, will seamlessly fuse, process, and analyze camera and sensor data with minimal latency. The unique system will process electro-optical (EO), infrared (IR), ultraviolet (UV), and side looking airborne radar (SLAR) in real-time, providing the operator with live tracking and alerting. MIST also enables analysts to rapidly search and retrieve video and metadata from multiple aerial platforms for post mission analysis.
The SDL-350 and MIST system for target detection and tracking is capable of autonomously identifying a diverse range of intelligence requirements including fishing and cargo vessels, naval traffic, threats to border security, and search and rescue. The MIST platform mitigates human factors such as fatigue, training, distraction and bias, as well as increases the persistence of surveillance without compromising the health of aircrews.
The Iridium Certus satellite service, which operates on a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) constellation, offers a much lower size, weight, and power (SWaP), at a lower cost point than legacy solutions. The new solution will ultimately be marketed to the Military and Government, Search and Rescue (SAR), Coast Guard, Law Enforcement, and Unmanned segments of aviation.
“We have partners in multiple segments of aviation which rely on onboard cameras and sensors for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance applications. While studying their various use-cases, it became clear to us that artificial intelligence combined with live video could enhance their operation,” explained Jan van der Heul, Vice President of Sales of SKYTRAC. “We see AI as a core technology heading into the future, and we’re excited to roll out these new capabilities in partnership with TerraSense.”
“We set out to create a truly usable artificial intelligence system, one that can withstand the rigors of real-life operations and the demands of highly-trained operators without the learning curves found in legacy systems,” said Jozsef Hamari, TerraSense’s Chief Technology Officer.
Though broadband satellite communication services have existed prior to Iridium Certus, none have been capable of truly global operations.