Partnership Resource Projects

Novel approach to seeing around corners – Thales supported by Heriot Watt University

This feasibility study aims to further the understanding of the design criteria for a novel imaging system which can be used to detect and determine the source of motion around corners. Heriot Watt University has already demonstrated such a system over short distances, less than a meter, utilizing an ultra-high speed camera with a localised array of SPADs. Thales has identified this technology as potentially offering a competitive advantage in several industry sectors but for most applications, it will be necessary that the technology works at considerably greater stand-off distance.

Thales, together with Heriot Watt University now wish to determine the feasibility of using a new distributed pixel approach to improve its performance over longer distances of 5 to 10 meters and beyond. A successful demonstration will form the basis of a phase two project to further develop a robust field demonstrator.

In this project Thales will bring its considerable expertise and track record in the design of imaging systems to develop mathematical and computer based models and Heriot Watt University will build and test the prototype systems. The project is aligned to work package 1, imaging with correlation and work package 2, imaging with timing, of the QuantIC work programme.


About Thales

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