- May 23, 2016
- Posted by: Jeff Kish
- Category: Autonomy & Robotics News, Latest News, Research & Development News, Sensing & Computer Vision News
Canine teams are typically dispatched in critical tactical operations to detect narcotics or explosives, pursue suspects, patrol property, and for search and rescue missions. IAI is developing CAMEL, or Canine Mounted Encompassing Locator, a low-cost, rugged, all-weather wireless video/audio and location streaming system that will be carried by a canine during operations. The key innovation in the current effort is CAMEL-2, the second generation of the CAMEL concept prototypes. CAMEL-2 will be fully operational in relevant environments, and has three subsystems: the canine borne unit, the handler borne unit, and the command center unit. The canine borne unit has a day/night camera head, a fan-less computational and sensor box, a speaker-microphone set, and a rechargeable battery, all mounted on a tactical canine harness. Data is sent to the handler-borne unit wirelessly or through a wired connection. The handler-borne unit is a commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) smartphone with embedded touchscreen, GPS, IMU/accelerometer, a magnetometer, microphone, speaker, Wi-Fi radio, and a Long Term Evolution (LTE) cellular radio. The command center unit is a laptop running a graphical user interface (GUI) program, through which canine and handler activities are observed, recorded, and acted on. Under any deployable condition, CAMEL-2 reliably computes the canine’s geospatial location, using a combination of onboard sensors and dual cameras. It communicates the precise and up-to-date tactical information of where the canine is, where it has been, and what it is seeing and hearing. The system provides effective situational awareness to remotely situated handlers and observers. CAMEL-2 offers real-time evidence recording and archiving capability, and has diverse applications throughout the Homeland Security Enterprise.