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Wada A.,Guidance and Electro Optics Division | Yamashita T.,Guidance and Electro Optics Division | Maruyama M.,Guidance and Electro Optics Division | Arai T.,Guidance and Electro Optics Division | And 2 more authors.
NEC Technical Journal | Year: 2013

Following the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake, the use of small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for surveillance, such as for checking the initial situation after a disaster is attracting much interest. The NEC Guidance and Electro-Optics Division has been developing aerial surveillance systems using small motorized UAVs mounting optical sensors and image transmission modules, etc. This small UAV adopts a system that integrates a wide range of technologies involving: communication, control, sensing, image processing and networking. This paper introduces solutions being applied by the Guidance and Electro-Optics Division in the development of this new easily operated and portable tool that is capable of acquiring aerial image information expediently in a disaster situation.

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