The UFO Data Acquisition System (UFODAS) provides real-time data collection, storage and dissemination via custom developed and optimized hardware and software.
UFODAS systems are composed of several types of Data Acquisition Units (DAUs) including Optical Tracking cameras and Multi-Sensor Units.
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You can view available downloads such as the User Guide, Mount Setup, and Field Test Diagram in our Downloads section.
Optical Tracking Data Acquisition Unit (OTDAU) software recognizes and tracks moving objects in combination with various optional cameras including units with fixed optics and Pan-Tilt-Zoom capabilities.
OTDAU can use these camera live streams alone or can combine a wide-field camera for initial target acquisition and subsequent hand-off to a PTZ camera.
The MSDAU contains a high-speed Linux-based computer and a suite of precision sensors and Ethernet connectivity in a rugged, environmental enclosure. Sensors include a magnetometer, gyroscope, rate and position accelerometers, barometer, temperature and humidity plus a GPS receiver for position and time. Optional external USB devices are supported by two external connectors and a universal camera mount is available on top of the enclosure. All power and signals are provided by a single PoE+ Ethernet connector with power/signal sharing for the MSDAU and camera functions provided internally. Mounting options include wall, poll and tripod mounts.
MSDAU with 50230UNI-A camera
Tripod-mounted MSDAU with Camera
MC software pulls data from all DAUs, displaying their geolocation on a Google Map. It also displays real-time video from OTDAUs and data values from MSDAUs while storing and sharing all of this data. MC also can combine data from two OTDAUs to perform real-time triangulation resulting in a moving map image showing target location, altitude, velocity and size.
Ronald Olch (Systems Engineer) on the UFO Data Acquisition Project (UFODAP) team explains what the gear is made of and the capabilities.