Ex-Sight Launches Next Generation of Driver Vision Enhancement Systems.

 

Tirat Carmel, Israel, September 1, 2016

"Our OEM customers were looking for unique solutions which standard off-the-shelf products could not comply with. After long-term research and development, we came up with SAFEDRIVE-the Driver's Vision Enhancement System", said Mr. Tomer Dadon, CEO of Ex-Sight. "Our experience over the last decade has proved the necessity of adjusting our standard off-the-shelf solutions to the customers' installation requirements.  Today, we have created a universal and flexible OEM DVE kit for fast and easy installation on military, police, and other heavy duty types of vehicles", he explained.

The system features a unique combination of an Uncooled Thermal camera and a Wide Angle CCD camera. On customer demand, we offer 3 types of thermal resolutions,  including  640x512 17nm, as well as a variety of lens diameters and cable lengths. Most importantly, using a 12VDC input power source, SAFEDRIVE is compatible with most monitors or displays, saving the need for external electric units.

Mil-STD connectors and IP67 enclosures make the system fit for harsh environment applications requiring 24/7 control. In addition, SAFEDRIVE's  9" quad display allows the operator to monitor up to 4 video channels at a time for full situational awareness. With optional recording and video analytics capabilities embedded in VMDBOX, SAFEDRIVE meets the most demanding mission-driven criteria.

SAFEDRIVE. See without being seen.
Driving through a hostile territory involves such challenges, as orientation in unknown terrain, staying focused on mission-critical tasks and instantly reacting to threats. These mission goals greatly depend on visibility conditions. However, driving with headlights on poses a serious threat for a driver and his crew, as the vehicle can be easily spotted by the enemy. Still, when advancing into a hostile zone, the driver must be able to see ahead, especially in complex missions incorporating ground forces. At the same time, driving with lights off incurs a constant danger of collision with allied forces.

 

SAFEDRIVE was designed to meet mission-related requirements without compromising driver's safety. The system is based on Dual Sensor technology providing day and thermal video monitoring in parallel. This ensures that the driver will reach his destination even through the night, or driving with a with a shattered windscreen. The system produces superior images in total darkness, through fog, dust and smoke. Installed on armoured vehicles, SAFEDRIVE enables the driver to see clearly and retain situational awareness without being detected.

SAFEDRIVE
Helps You Prevent The Next Rollover.

"60% of the MRAP accidents happened, were due to rollovers caused by bad roads, weak bridges, or driver error. In many of the rollovers, troops were injured, and in two separate incidents five soldiers have been killed by rolling over into a canal and getting trapped under water. The report said 75% of all rollovers occurred in rural areas often where roads are above grade with an adjacent ditch or canal. " (Marine Corps Center for Lessons Learned).

A catastrophe can only be avoided if a driver can see through "blind areas" and detect obstacles before they come into sight. To steeply enhance driver vision, we have created SAFEDRIVE-a powerful DUAL SENSOR vision system for perfect orientation in total darkness and in harsh terrain. With SAFEDRIVE, you are no longer bounded by your field of view or poor visibility. Its “Drive by Video” capability ensures safe off-road driving and full situational awareness in high risk zones.

The Use of Paint In Urban Riots Threatens Police Forces. What Is The Solution?
A video has been released showing Border Police unit coming under attack during a routine patrol on Yom Kippur 2015. The unit was driving through the Arab town of Anata, near Jerusalem, when local young men attacked police vehicle with concrete blocks, bottles, and buckets of paint.Paint covering front window simply blocks the driver's sight and can cause an accident. In the video below, the paint attack occurred during day time, but it can be even more dangerous at night. These challenges can be solved by SAFEDRIVE which is a miniature dual sensor camera allowing "Drive-By-Video" capability during day and night and protected from outside attacks. Using SAFEDRIVE the driver obtains an independent field of view without being exposed to threats.

Bulletproof and Smashed. Direct Path to Crash.
We all understand the importance of bulletproof glass in armored vehicles, but are we aware of the next problem to appear when someone press the trigger? Well, bulletproof glasses tend to smash into a lot of small pieces holding together, preventing from us to see where we're driving. Losing the sight might be not less dangerous then the bullet hit. How it can be solved?In order to provide day & night support for smashed front window, we developed SAFEDRIVE: a Dual sensor camera, providing clear image, during day and night with a field of view similar to that provided by human eyes.

Tactical Embedded Video Footage: Investigating a Failure or Documenting The Success

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The Training Challenge:
Military services face multiple challenges in meeting the high levels of training required for operational excellence and mission success.
Enhanced training does not require the services to embark on radically new programs but rather to build on current training investments with proven learning techniques and technologies. 

Using the latest video footage technology, Thermal and Day vision sensors can provide improved training feedback, for real or imagined scenarios. The multiple fused recorded videos generate a multi-dimensional puzzle which reflects the performance of the trained land forces. This is the Enhanced Training for a 21st-Century Military.

Recorded video footage increases the awareness and personal performance of the human factors during and after the tactical operations. In addition, video recording provides different vantage points on the same terrain allowing the operator to analyze the reasons for failure or success. Another aspect of the video footage is SAFETY. Embedded Day & Thermal sensors enhance vision capabilities of the forces by allowing clear sight during 24/7 and all-weather. This enhancement helps to prevent accidents between the friendly forces.

 

One of the advanced field-proven Driver Vision Enhancement systems (DVE) is manufactured by Ex-Sight (Israel). SAFEDRIVE is a universal and flexible OEM DVE kit for fast and easy installation on military, police, and other heavy duty types of vehicles.The system features a unique combination of Uncooled Thermal camera and Wide Angle CCD camera providing clear view even in total darkness. Ex-Sight's SAFEDRIVE offers 3 types of thermal resolutions, including 640x512 17nm, as well as a variety of lens diameters, colors and cable lengths.

 

Most importantly, SAFEDRIVE is provided with 9" real-time view split screen allowing monitoring for 4 sensors. SAFEDRIVE camera is equipped with Mil-STD connectors and IP67 enclosure. It makes the system fit for harsh environment applications. SAFEDRIVE VMDBOX has embedded recording and video analytics capabilities. Dual Sensor recording along with rich scenario make SAFEDRIVE one of the world's leading driver vision enhancement systems.The VMDBOX provides H.264 Encoding, video storage, video analytics, connection to external triggers, operation of Digital Outputs and advanced video content analysis.

Preventing a catastrophe; When the hunter becomes hunted.

Zero Awareness, Disorientation, Lack of visibility, Multi threat environment, Fire and overheat risk, Fear and Panic can easily make the hunter become hunted.

 

Finding a Solution
The best way of handling a multitude of risks  is by providing the vehicle decision makers, such as the  driver, the commander or both, with  maximum situational awareness in real time.  The simplest way to do so is by  identifying  dangers before they come into sight and fleeing with minimal risks.
Understanding the dangers helps us to avoid  mistakes caused by panic and loss of control.
Imagine you have a 360 degrees perimeter view around the vehicle, identifying any suspicious activities  approaching you and visualizing them for you on the screen . Now imagine you can do that day and night, in any weather conditions. This  would certainly give you  a  sense of security and keep your mind steady.

 

Visibility == Awareness
Even when used as a simple set, SAFEDRIVE provides up to a 90- degree field of view for front and rear driving, day & night, 24/7 in any weather conditions for full risk evaluation. Nevertheless, SAFEDRIVE can be used as an array of 6 sensors providing 360 degrees of streaming day and thermal video,  generating panoramic view around the vehicle. 

 

Perimeter Control
The best way not to become an easy  target  is to recognize the danger from far distances.  SAFEDRIVE's Video Content Analysis (VMDBOX) enables the driver to distinguish a person running with a MOLOTOV bottle, a gallon of paint or other threatening tools. Embedded video analytics detect any movement in the vehicle's vicinity and classify it by size and speed, and location.


The advanced analytics features include perimeter intrusion (Virtual Zone/Line crossing), abandoned objects, loitering and many other video motion triggers predefined by the user. The classified targets and activities are visually marked on the thermal and the day video and accompanied by an audio alert.


Thus the driver is provided with credible multimedia tools for self protection and orientation. Moreover, VMDBOX can be connected to external observation systems and slave them to the perimeter detection. This allows the driver to obtain  High Definition image of the relevant target. 

 

Training and Debriefing 
Using the latest video footage technology, SAFEDRIVE  provides enhanced mission feedback for debriefing and precedential training . The multiple fused recorded videos generate a multi-dimensional puzzle which reflects the performance of the trained land forces. Recorded video footage increases the awareness and personal performance of the human factors during and after the tactical operations. In addition, video recording provides different vantage points on the same terrain allowing the operator to analyze the reasons for failure or success.
 

 

 

Combat Vehicle Accidents

Since the beginning of the war in Iraq in 2003, approximately 20% of all U.S. soldiers killed in have been a result of accidents.
The biggest cause of these deaths has been combat vehicle accidents, which has accounted for a total of 250 deaths in Iraq. These numbers are significant and represent the number of accidents from Iraq only; they do not include other accidents within the Army nor those that occurred in Afghanistan.(Dynamic Analysis of Combat Vehicle Accidents , A. Minami, 2008}.

A review of the archives of Army combat and motor vehicle accident reports reveals that the results of most investigations cite human error as the primary cause of the accident. Furthermore, according to these reports factors such as complacency, poor supervision, fatigue, lack of mission awareness, pressure to perform, and perceived conflicts with operational necessities are often involved in the mechanisms of an accident.

A catastrophe can only be avoided if a driver can see through "blind areas" and detect obstacles before they come into sight. To steeply enhance driver vision, we have created SAFEDRIVE-a powerful DUAL SENSOR vision system for perfect orientation in total darkness and in harsh terrain. With SAFEDRIVE, you are no longer bounded by your field of view or poor visibility. Its “Drive by Video” capability ensures safe off-road driving and full situational awareness in high risk zones.