Sensors, Vision

Defense sector applications for embedded vision technology

The military is using advanced embedded vision technologies to provide soldiers with faster and more reliable information to keep them safe in the field.
By AIA March 9, 2019
Courtesy: CFE Media

Many of the most advanced embedded vision technologies are deployed by the military today, long before it will ever be commercially viable, in an effort to keep soldiers safer, ease their workload, and improve training techniques. Embedded vision is a disruptive technology. It’s used in the development of radical new products in a wide range of industries. In the defense industry, embedded vision is used in the latest technology that’s transforming the way the military operates.

Three ways embedded vision is used in the defense sector

The defense sector uses embedded vision in a number of ways, but there are currently three ways that this technology is having a major impact.

1. Synthetic vision systems

In the military, advanced synthetic vision systems (SVS) give flight crews enhanced situational awareness. A number of vision sensors and other sensors are used in combination with vast troves of satellite data to visually reconstruct the terrain around them in an accurate and reliable way, even in low visibility situations.

2. Augmented reality systems

Embedded vision is also being used for a number of different augmented reality (AR) systems in the military. It’s primarily used in training soldiers, as simulating combat scenarios with existing resources is notoriously difficult. AR technology is also being developed for use in combat to give soldiers timely access to information they need in the field.

3. Autonomous vehicles

Embedded vision is a necessary component of autonomous navigation, helping vehicles see and respond to the environment around them. The military is developing and testing autonomous vehicles to carry soldier’s equipment in the field to ease their workload. Currently being field-tested, some versions can carry almost 1,000 pounds of equipment for 72 hours.

The defense industry is known for developing and testing futuristic technologies that are far from ready to be launched in a commercial setting. Embedded vision technology pervades much of this futuristic development in the defense sector.

While embedded vision is relatively new, the defense sector is adopting embedded vision quickly to achieve higher levels of autonomy and help soldiers complete their daily duties with less effort and danger.

This article originally appeared in Vision Online. AIA is a part of the Association for Advancing Automation (A3), a CFE Media content partner. Edited by Chris Vavra, production editor, CFE Media,

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