As technology continues to advance by leaps and bounds, so does the popularity of unmanned vehicles, or more precisely, vehicles operated without a person on board. Available in a variety of capabilities and sizes, Unmanned Vehicles are controlled either remotely via a controller, they can be preprogrammed to operate on a certain path or they can be autonomous vehicles which are capable of sensing their environment and navigating on their own.
There are four primary groups of unmanned vehicles, Aerial, Ground, Marine and Space. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) patrol the skies, Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGV) also known as Mobile Robots operate on terrain, Autonomous underwater vehicles (AUV) also known as Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUV) or Remote Ocean Vehicles (ROV) operate underwater and Unmanned Spacecrafts operate in space.
Traditionally, UVs were largely deployed in military missions, however, the last decade or so has seen the emergence of these same vehicles for use in civilian applications including Aerial Mapping, Law Enforcement, Search and Rescue, Aerial Photography, Environmental Monitoring, Agricultural Inspection, Internet Delivery, Air Traffic Control and more.
Industrial cameras play an integral role in how these unmanned vehicles perform because they allow the operators to capture and stream large format, multi megapixel images and data to a command station on the ground or wherever the command station happens to be. Multiple cameras can be combined within gimbal systems or other types of assemblies mounted to the unmanned vehicle in order to acquire different types of images in different lighting conditions and can give the operator a full 180 degrees of standard or high definition images to work with. Daylight cameras take crisp, clear images, whereas infrared cameras are able to capture images taken at night.
Why choose an industrial grade camera over the cheaper, “over the counter” cameras found at your local store? Because industrial grade cameras offer users consistently superior image quality, reliable camera shutters, multiple image formats, lower noise, faster frame rates with higher resolutions, standardized data interfaces, the flexibility of design in a robust, compact construction and much more. Additionally, these types of industrial cameras have a much longer product life span then their lesser quality counterparts and as an added bonus, when you work with Aegis, we offer our customers free technical support at every step of your project.
Aegis is a pragmatic provider in imaging technology realizing that imaging technology is not a “one-size-fits-all” solution and matches designer needs with various solutions from “off-the-shelf” to custom builds unique to customer requirements. No matter the size of the unmanned vehicle, Aegis offers SD & HD cameras ranging in size from as small as a penny all the way up to larger block camera modules or Pan/Tilt/Zoom cameras.