Partnership Resource Projects

Looking inside buildings (QuantIC Phase 2 project) – Thales and Heriot Watt University

Heriot Watt University and Thales have recently demonstrated under a DSTL/CDE Phase 1 project which was complemented by a QuantIC Phase 1 Partnership Resource Grant, that single photon counting technology may be harnessed to detect motion and even precisely locate the position of moving objects that are hidden behind a corner from a 50+ m stand-off distance.

The main objective of this Phase 2 project is to further develop this technology in collaboration with Thales with the final aim of providing a TRL 6 device that is eye-safe and portable and capable of detecting motion and locating the position of a moving object, which is hidden behind a corner at a stand-off distance greater than 100m, in a relevant environment in daylight conditions. The demonstrator is expected to work in real-time with an update rate of 1 second
or less. QuantIC’s single photon counting technology will also be implemented with Thales’ LiDAR technology to offer an accelerated route to market, which will offer new functionality and give products incorporating it.

This project is wholly aligned with QuantIC’s work package 2, Imaging with Timing, and is building upon the positive results of the feasibility study to develop a field demonstrator. The applications for such a device fall mostly in the security and defence, emergency services and automotive sectors. Thales is active in the security and defence sector and already sees opportunities for such a camera.


About Thales

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