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Focusing on the Future of Airborne Imagery: IP Cameras

March 11, 2019 | BY: Russell Moore, Stephen Willis

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As legacy airborne cameras are rapidly becoming obsolete, designers, systems integrators and end users have sought up-to-date digital video alternatives that offer higher quality images. Older cameras typically use coaxial wiring which is fairly immune to noise and is generally well understood, but it is heavy and can create installation headaches. In addition, the move to high definition (HD) also adds complexity and limits the number of video frames that can be transmitted and stored without additional conversion hardware.

One solution to this complexity is to use IP cameras that utilize Ethernet wiring, switches and recorders. Often such infrastructures are already installed on the craft for other data acquisition purposes. Ethernet IP cameras offer several benefits, such as simplifying installation and lowering system weight while providing high quality images. This white paper explores image capture technology and IP cameras, and investigates the merits of an Ethernet-based camera system compared to traditional Composite Video Baseband Signal (CVBS).

Camera networks usually include a recorder and the ability to telemeter data to a ground station

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Russell Moore

Author’s Biography

Russell Moore

Product Line Manager - Recorders, Switches and Cameras, Aerospace Instrumentation, Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions.

Russell Moore is the Director, Advanced Imaging and Video Products at Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions Aerospace Instruments Division. Russ has worked in many industries in his 34-year career in electronics, software engineering, business development and product management. Graduating from Rutgers University with a BS in Physics and graduate classes in Electronics Engineering, Russ started his career at DuPont Corp. in Chemicals/Manufacturing Controls and Materials Research then to Xerox Corp. (DXI Corp.) and TA Instruments in Product Design in first 11 years. Next, Russ worked for Sarnoff Corp., Sensar Corp. and Iridian Technology pioneering iris biometrics products followed by Securimetrics (Iris/Face/Fingerprint Biometrics) as CTO and the last 12 years with Curtiss-Wright (formally Teletronics). He currently manages camera and high-speed network switch and recorders product portfolios.

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Stephen Willis

Marketing Portfolio Manager

Stephen Willis works for Curtiss-Wright in the role of Marketing Portfolio Manager. He has a degree in Electrical Engineering, a Masters in Philosophy for research in mathematical models and their market application for risk assessment and a PG Dip in marketing and management. His current research interests include data acquisition, recording and control systems and their applications in enabling a cost effective route to gathering large amounts of data. In particular, applications of interest include flight test, crash protected recording and structural/ usage monitoring programs. He is the author of several of academic papers and magazine articles.

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