Hood Tech Announces Facial Recognition with Small-UAV Airborne Video Imagery
HoodTech MWIR2 Nose DomePayload for Facial Recognition
July 9, 2012
July 9, 2012 – Hood River, OR – Hood Technology announces new facial recognition capability utilizing stabilized
airborne video imagery in small, tactical unmanned aerial vehicles (Small-UAVs).
According to Hood Tech's Dr. Andy von Flotow, "NIIRS 8 imagery is no longer enough to stay ahead of expectations;
we are now recognizing faces and reading license plates from stand-off ranges beyond audible detectability.
To achieve this, we have developed new imagers and have completely reinvented our stabilization methods.
Our stabilization is now good enough that we can select a specific door when pointing a laser."
The company’s new product Alticam 09 EO+ payload extends EO optical zoom to 160X, and delivers a standard definition horizontal
field of view of 0.3 degrees. The imagers are stabilized in HoodTech’s proprietary 4-axis gyro-stabilized gimbal design,
and weighs approximately 3.5 kg.
Hood Tech's early 800-gm stabilized video turrets created demand for an entirely new class of
small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Image quality delivered at that time would be considered primitive today.
A decade later, customer expectations have escalated; NIIRS image-quality metrics are now being applied.
Hood Technology was founded by Dr. Andy von Flotow in Hood River, Oregon in 1993. In addition to stabilized imaging systems,
Hood Technology develops, tests, and manufactures launch systems for a variety of UAVs and monitors blade deflections in
industrial turbines and jet engines, a diagnostic method for anticipating future failures
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