ProwlCAM is a low-power, smart imaging capability for the Prowl® Unattended Ground Sensor (UGS) system. 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 (electro-optical, or EO) 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.
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.
ProwlCAM’s 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.
Command and Control (C2) is provided through a RaptorX or Android Tactical Assault Kit (ATAK) user interfaces that supports deployment on both laptop and hand-held devices wirelessly connected to ProwlCAM. ProwlCAM can also be easily integrated into existing C2 systems.
A D V A N T A G E S
Low-bandwidth comms for increased range
Lightweight, small form factor (2.6 lbs)
Rapid setup and teardown time
Provides visual confirmation of radar target to warfighter via C2 device
Increase in capability vs. similar technology