Active SWIR Imaging for Long-Range Nighttime Surveillance and Face RecognitionThe High Technology Foundation’s Optics and Photonics team is working to develop technologies that will allow the nation’s military, law enforcement, and private security communities to detect and identify potentially hostile people at long distances, under lighting conditions ranging from bright sunlight to total darkness. The technology, known as “active SWIR imaging”, combines a short-wave infrared (SWIR) illuminator with a telescopic zoom SWIR camera. The illuminator projects an invisible, eye-safe beam of SWIR light onto the target, while the camera zooms in for a high-resolution facial image. Computer face recognition software, optimized to match SWIR facial images against a visible database, can then identify the individual. The technologies currently being developed by the High Technology Foundation will be able to identify individuals at distances of several hundred meters, even in total darkness.
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Related Documents:

Automated, long-range, night/day, active-SWIR face recognition system (SPIE DSS 2014 Conference Proceedings)

Fusion-based approach for long-range night-time facial recognition (SPIE DSS 2014 Conference Proceedings)

Long-Range Night/Day Human Identification using Active-SWIR Imaging (SPIE DSS 2013 Conference Proceedings)


Automated Night/Day Standoff Detection, Tracking, and Identification of Personnel for Installation Protection (SPIES 2013 Conference Proceedings)

Active-SWIR Signatures for Long-Range Night/Day Human Detection and Identification (SPIE DSS 2013 Conference Proceedings)

ONR Fact Sheet for Tactical Imager for Night/Day Extended-Range Surveillance (TINDERS)

WVHTC focusing on security

Cross-spectral Face Recognition in Heterogeneous Environments: A Case Study on Matching Visible to Short-wave Infrared Imagery (WVHTCF supplied imagery data for this WVU algorithm effort)

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