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Nexter reveals FINDERS updates

28 February 2017

The Nexter FINDERS imagery analysis software displayed at IDEX 2017 showing target identification with sizing. (Giles Ebbutt)The Nexter FINDERS imagery analysis software displayed at IDEX 2017 showing target identification with sizing. (Giles Ebbutt)

Nexter revealed a number of additional capabilities incorporating new technology for its FINDERS command-and-control (C2) software at IDEX 2017 in Abu Dhabi.

The existing FINDERS Crewshare capability makes use of vehicle vetronics to ensure all members of the crew can share the same situational awareness data and tactical information. Nexter is now using artificial intelligence (AI) to analyse imagery and provide automatic identification of threats and other objects of interest.

The technology analyses a video stream frame by frame to detect the characteristics that the system has been taught to recognise and alerts the user if any of these are found. Examples of what the software can be taught include weapon types and particular makes and models of vehicles. It could also incorporate facial recognition.

The Nexter FINDERS imagery analysis software displayed at IDEX 2017 showing identification of specific vehicle models through artificial intelligence. (Giles Ebbutt)The Nexter FINDERS imagery analysis software displayed at IDEX 2017 showing identification of specific vehicle models through artificial intelligence. (Giles Ebbutt)

The system has a 1-2 second latency. Sylvain Fesland, sales manager at Nexter, told Jane's that it is currently developed to Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 7 and that the French Ministry of Defence (MoD) has encouraged the programme.

The passive rangefinder (PRF) uses the technology with video from vehicle-mounted cameras to detect the presence of an object coming within a certain range of the vehicle by identifying what that object is and gauging its size to estimate the range. When this encroaches on an operator-set limit it triggers an alarm. The maximum range at which detection and identification is possible depends on the camera and the quality of the image.

The technology can also be used for passive change detection (PCD) which will detect changes in infrastructure and buildings along a route, and for passive itinerary guidance (PIG). The latter enables vehicles to follow an exact route taken by a lead vehicle, for example through a minefield. Fesland said that by late 2017 this technology should be sufficiently developed to guide a vehicle remotely.

SmartVision for driving assistance also uses the technology.

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