ZeroEyes, a segment of ZeroEyes Government Solutions (ZEGS), recently secured a significant contract aimed at revolutionizing threat detection for the United States Air Force.

Under this groundbreaking project, the company will fuse its proprietary artificial intelligence (AI)-based object detection video analytics with Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology.

LiDAR, short for Light Detection and Ranging, represents a cutting-edge remote sensing technology that utilizes wavelengths to capture a three-dimensional perspective of any subject.

By combining LiDAR data with AI-powered video analytics, ZeroEyes aims to provide the Air Force with an unparalleled advantage in identifying and responding to imminent threats, even when concealed by various materials.

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ZeroEyes capabilities demo (Image source: US Air Force)

The Power of LiDAR

LiDAR, a remote sensing technique, deploys pulsed laser beams to accurately gauge distances to the Earth’s surface.

These laser pulses, coupled with other data collected by the airborne system, produce highly detailed three-dimensional information about the Earth’s terrain and its surface attributes.

A typical LiDAR instrument comprises a laser, a scanner, and a specialized Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver. Aircraft, particularly airplanes and helicopters, serve as the primary platforms for gathering LiDAR data over extensive areas.

Two primary types of LiDAR exist: topographic and bathymetric. While topographic LiDAR employs near-infrared lasers to map land, bathymetric LiDAR utilizes green light that penetrates water to measure seafloor and riverbed elevations.