Sentient Vision Systems
|Industry||Computer Vision Software|
|Products||Automated Object Detection in Full Motion Video|
Number of employees
Sentient Vision Systems is an Australian company headquartered in Port Melbourne, that produces automated object detection solutions[buzzword] for video from aircraft and surface sensors used for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), search and rescue, and law enforcement . Sentient’s solutions[buzzword] use computer vision software to detect and track objects of interest in full motion video (FMV), both electro-optic (EO) and infrared (IR) for land and maritime environments. Sentient Vision Systems is a private company.
Sentient Vision Systems was founded by Dr Paul Boxer in 2004 to develop computer vision solutions[buzzword] with a focus on moving target indication (MTI) in video. In 2006, Australia’s Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) awarded Sentient a Capability and Technology Demonstrator (CTD) program which supported development and demonstration of the Kestrel Land MTI solution.[buzzword] A CTD extension and then support from Commercialisation Australia enabled further development and commercialisation, including Kestrel Maritime, an object detection solution[buzzword] for maritime environments. Kestrel has been integrated on a range of manned and unmanned aircraft including the Wasp, Raven and Puma UAS's, US Navy Firescout, P3 Orion, NPAS EC135 and RAAF Heron.
Sentient’s most recent solution[buzzword], ViDAR (Visual Detection and Ranging), was launched in 2015. ViDAR provides visual wide area search capability acting as an optical radar. ViDAR has been deployed with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) on a ScanEagle UAS and is in service with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) for search and rescue.
In 2016, Australia’s Defence Minister, Christopher Pyne MP, congratulated Sentient for deployment of over 1,000 Kestrel systems worldwide. Sentient was also referenced in the Australian Governments 2016 Defence Industry Policy Statement
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