Although this segment focuses on the specialist requirements within the Defence sector, specifically; Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Enhanced Conventional Weapons, it is common for specialist companies working in the defence field to adopt and convert technologies from many other fields to be useful to defence customers. Some of the specific areas where this is applicable is:-
Development of existing and future sensors for existing platform strategies
Continuing development of sensor capabilities, in size, sensitivity, power consumption or efficacy require that the existing sensor platform, whether as a dismounted soldier or a piece of heavy armament be simply upgraded. Sensor and their platforms must be considered as a complete system and upgrades must be considered in this light.
Development of distributed sensors for large scale threat monitoring and identification
Reduction in the cost of highly integrated sensor management systems now allow the deployment of widely distributed sensor fields capable of self forming and communicating aggregated data to a central location. There are many applications in the defence market where the deployment of either passive or active sensor elements would assist in the generation of intelligence within theatre.
Combination of sensor data (real time and historical) to generate 4D visualisations
The ability to combine and overlay the stimuli from a variety of sensors can deliver a richer intelligence set upon which to make decisions. A simple example could be the combination of audio and visual inputs from separate sensors to locate potential hostile activity. If this is combined with the ability to monitor over a period of time, and extract trends and changes this provides further insight into the areas of conflict.
Battlefield information systems
At its most basic, this is a map of the area of interest. However, if the map can be updated in real time to display locations of support vehicles, population densities or hostile activity, the mission planning activities of resources can be optimised.
Advanced data visualisation for threat identification and analysis combining multiple sensor types
The complex system is the ability to retrieve data from a multitude of sensors and systems, and combine the different data types to deliver accurate information to all friendly participants within theatre. Setting aside the significant security challenges this presents, the ability to merge multiple data sets of the same event or feature is very powerful (e.g. visible and Infrared images from two different camera platforms).