AeroVironment becomes exclusive global distributor of Sentient's
Kestrel Land MTI Tier I automated target detection software for use
with small unmanned aircraft systems
Integration of Kestrel solution enhances AeroVironment small UAS
MONROVIA, Calif. & MELBOURNE, Australia--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV) and Australia-based Sentient
today announced the signing of an exclusive global license agreement
that allows AeroVironment to distribute Sentient's automatic target
detection software for full motion video for use with small
unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).
Sentient's Kestrel Land MTI Tier I is specifically designed to enable
automated detection of targets, in real time, from small UAS. Over the
past 18 months Sentient and AeroVironment have optimized and integrated
the software with AeroVironment's existing common Ground Control System
(GCS), which serves the Puma™, Raven® and Wasp™ small UAS.
"The Kestrel software adds capability to our existing small UAS by
automatically detecting moving objects on the video screen and
presenting that information visually to the operator," said Tom Herring,
AeroVironment senior vice president and general manager of Unmanned
Aircraft Systems. "This software makes it much easier to detect and
track multiple moving objects in the battle space, thus delivering
improved situational awareness to the system operator and tactical
Military forces frequently deploy AeroVironment's small UAS in dynamic
and complex operating environments. Kestrel has the ability to give
operators an immediate cue to potential threats. This capability
enhances situational awareness on the ground, which can help save lives.
"Kestrel Land MTI is deployed in a variety of theaters all over the
world," said Simon Olsen, sales and marketing manager at Sentient. "The
automated cueing capability has proven to be a decisive edge in a number
of operational missions. This extensive operational experience was a key
prerequisite for this relationship to proceed."
The license agreement between AeroVironment and Sentient does not
include Sentient's automated target detection software solutions Kestrel
Land MTI Tier II, Kestrel Land MTI Tier III and Kestrel Maritime.
AeroVironment is a technology solutions provider that designs, develops,
produces and supports an advanced portfolio of Unmanned
Aircraft Systems (UAS) and electric transportation solutions.
Agencies of the U.S. Department of Defense and allied military services
extensively use the company's electric-powered, hand-launched Raven®,
systems to provide situational awareness to tactical operating units
through real-time, airborne reconnaissance, surveillance and
communication. Multiple government agencies have helped to fund the
development and demonstration of Global
Observer®, a hybrid-electric, stratospheric
UAS designed to provide affordable, persistent reconnaissance and
communication over any location on the globe. SwitchbladeTM
is a loitering munition designed to provide a rapid, lethal, pinpoint
precision strike capability with minimal collateral damage.
AeroVironment's electric transportation solutions include a
comprehensive suite of electric
vehicle (EV) charging systems, installation and data services for
consumers, automakers, utilities and government agencies, power
cycling and test systems for EV developers and industrial
electric vehicle charging systems for commercial fleets. More
information about AeroVironment is available at www.avinc.com.
Sentient successfully develops and deploys computer vision technology
for defense and civil projects. Since 1999 Sentient has been
specializing in video analytics with a strong focus on the development
of Artificial Intelligence and Computer Vision software.
Sentient is a member of the Defence Recognised Supplier Scheme and a
trusted partner of the Australian Department of Defence. For more
information, visit www.sentientvision.com.
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