DARPA's 1.eight-gigapixel cam touts surveillance from 20,000 ft (video)

DARPA's 1.8-gigapixel cam touts surveillance from 20,000 feet (video)

It has been three years since we first heard about DARPA’s ARGUS-IS, however because of a PBS Nova particular entitled “Rise of the Drones,” we lastly have extra details about the 1.eight-gigapixel digital camera that’s supposedly the very best-decision surveillance system on the planet. The documentary confirmed video footage of the imaging system in motion, although the digital camera itself stays shrouded in thriller for safety causes. Designed for use with UAVs just like the Predator, the ARGUS-IS (which stands for Autonomous Actual-time Floor Ubiquitous Surveillance – Imaging System) can spot a six-inch object inside a ten sq. mile radius from 20,000 ft within the air. As proven within the clip after the break, the excessive-res cam does not fairly reveal facial options, however you’ll be able to spot particulars like a hen flying round a constructing and the colour of somebody’s garments.

The video goes on to disclose that the digital camera’s internals are literally a set of 368 sensors which are similar to those present in 5-megapixel smartphones. However the ARGUS-IS would not be a lot with out the processing energy of the platform behind it. We’re not solely positive how that is carried out, however the digital camera allegedly streams round 1 million terabytes (that is an exabyte, people) of video, which provides as much as roughly 5,000 hours of HD footage per day. Fortunately, there’s software program that helps guys on the bottom filter by means of the mass of knowledge. As seen within the picture above, it lets them monitor shifting objects with as much as sixty five simultaneous home windows. The army potential right here is clear, however DARPA is protecting mum on any future implementations of the ARGUS-IS — or if it has been in use all this time.

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