The automated system for detection of people in water-developed under subactivity 3.1 of Picasso project-is progressing step by step.
The system uses high sensitive infrared cameras and it will allow an automated detection of castaways or small objects at sea even at night.
The first flight of a Sasemar helicopter with a camera installed on board took place last week.
With the objective of recording and collecting real images of people and small objects-such as bouys- at sea. This will endowe intelligence to the software and will improve the sensor’s accuracy.
The system allows a robot to analyze in real time the images recorded through a camera with infrared technology anchored to the helicopter or plane and warn when it detects a human body. The key of this new system is the high sensitivity of the sensor and the algorithm that identifies what it traces. This innovation system will bring a big improvement in the SAR (Search and Rescue) operations at sea and its achievements are generating a big impact on the media.
Thus, the automated object detection system has appeared on the main Spanish national newspapers.