Product leverages hybrid radar-camera architecture to overcome power and performance limitations of traditional surveillance cameras.

STARKVILLE, MS, – 05 February 2020– Camgian, an award-winning developer of advanced sensor systems and technologies, announces the upcoming release of a low-power, smart imaging capability for its Prowl® Unattended Ground Sensor (UGS) system. Shaped by warfighter feedback, the new low-power, smart camera device, called ProwlCam™, addresses a critical need for augmenting Prowl radar tracks with visual target confirmation. Designed as a “bolt-on” capability to the Prowl radar, the new smart camera device includes computer vision algorithms that deliver robust, high-resolution target imagery to the system’s command and control (C2) software. 

ProwlCam co-mounts to the Prowl radar, connecting with just one cable, which simplifies set-up and provides increased geo-registration accuracy as compared to traditional UGS/camera set-up operations. In addition, the camera supports both day and night operations through its combination of high megapixel visible spectrum and long-wave infrared (LWIR) cameras that capture images of Prowl radar targets within the camera’s field of view (FOV) and displays them to the warfighter to enable more informed decisions regarding potential threats and their activities.  In addition, ProwlCam supports long field life by operating at very low power- only “waking-up” when triggered by the Prowl radar. The camera’s initial release integrates advanced object detection algorithms to automatically detect targets within the camera’s fixed FOV, digitally crop the image to the target, and send the image to the user’s C2 device. In future releases planned for later this year, additional object classification features will be included through a new deep learning platform to aid in the recognition of high-value targets,  potential threats and other objects and events of interest. This novel architecture not only supports lower-bandwidth communications for increased range but also offers a significant SWAP-C advantage over traditional pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras. Another key feature of ProwlCam is the option for the user to define an Area of Interest (AOI) within the camera’s FOV and only receive images from within the configured AOI.

“ProwlCAM is a significant increase in the capability that we provide to our most important customers…our Nation’s warfighters,” said Doug “Goz” Gosney, Camgian’s Vice President of Defense Programs. “We already provide the warfighter with real-time radar target detection and tracking in austere environments with Prowl, and now we can provide them with an image of the target as well. We look forward to demonstrating ProwlCAM in the coming months at several operationally relevant scenario and experiment events.”

Camgian Chairman and CEO, Dr. Gary D. Butler said, “The new Prowl smart camera is another great example of Camgian’s ability to deliver innovative new products driven by warfighter feedback and advanced research and development. This new capability will assist our warfighters by increasing the speed and quality of decision-making on today’s dynamic battlefield.”

For more information on ProwlCam, please contact Eric Piatt at epiatt@camgian.com

About Camgian

Camgian is an award-winning developer of advanced sensing systems and technologies that deliver real-time, actionable intelligence. Leveraging innovations in the areas of sensors, signal processing, and artificial intelligence, Camgian is pioneering a new generation of intelligent applications that address key needs in the financial and national security markets.

Camgian has been named by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest-growing private companies in the US, Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the most entrepreneurial companies in America and Compass Intelligence as one of the world’s top companies in IoT innovation and execution. Moreover, ABI Research featured Camgian in their 2015 Hot Tech Innovators report, which identified the company as one of the world’s top tech start-ups for their pioneering work in IoT and edge computing. In their 2016 market report Fog Computing in IoT, Machina Research identified Camgian as one of the innovative IoT startups and notable companies pioneering fog computing. In 2017 Camgian was named a Gartner “Cool Vendor” in IoT Edge Computing and the Industrial IoT Company of the Year in the 6th Annual Compass Intelligence Awards, which annually identifies the world’s best in mobile, software, IoT, AI, augmented reality and connected products.

For more information on Camgian, please visit www.camgian.com

Disclaimer: This material is based upon work supported by the ACC-APG-RTP under Contract No. W911NF-16-C-0086. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the ACC-APG-RTP.