Improvised explosive devices (IDs) are difficult to detect for soldiers because of their variety of shapes and sizes and are often buried on the side of the road,media reported. However, a new on-board system can “detect” signs of the existence of these IEDs. The technology was developed by a team led by Dennis van de Wow, an electrical engineer at the University of Technology in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
On the hardware side, it integrates a stereo series, a GPS positioning system and an image analysis computer/interface — all of which will be installed on existing military vehicles.
When such a military vehicle comes out of action, its camera will be aimed at the road ahead.
Using GPS and image analysis platforms and artificial intelligence-based algorithms, the system will compare real-time images of the road in front of it with images from the same location previously recorded. If a “warning signal” is detected, such as a recent sign of a passive soil or the presence of a ground trigger, the user of the vehicle will receive an alert information about the location through the interactive interface.
A test vehicle with a new system
Even though live and reference videos are recorded in different light or weather conditions or taken at slightly different angles, recent field tests have shown that the technology compensates for these variables.
Van de Wow is currently working with ViNotion, a subsidiary of the University of Eindhoven, and the Dutch Ministry of Defence to further develop the technology.