What is IAD in the Air Force

Automated image evaluation for unmanned aerial vehicles (ABUL)


The advantages of drones equipped with video technology for reconnaissance and reconnaissance purposes as well as for search and rescue missions are obvious. The video data recorded by the drones are sent to the ground stations via various data connection types, where the displayed video streams are evaluated by human operating personnel using the latest technology. In this context, the Fraunhofer IOSB developed the ABUL system, which was designed as a supporting tool in the evaluation process and to relieve the operating personnel on critical missions. ABUL provides optimized real-time functions for online reconnaissance and tactical exploration as well as valuable functions for offline exploration missions. For reconnaissance and surveillance in the security sector, unmanned systems are increasingly being used, the main sensors of which are video sensors. Using the example of the Luna drone, which has been used successfully by the Bundeswehr for years, a generic integration platform has been implemented into which automatic image evaluation processes have been integrated.
The main benefit of using the method is the relief of the evaluators in their multi-hour observation and evaluation tasks, as is achieved, for example, by the integrated image stabilization. In addition, new products are obtained from the data from the drone, such as image mosaics, which enable the results to be better passed on.

Current mission

ABUL was successfully tested by the German ISAF troops (International Security Assistance Force) in Afghanistan and by troops of the KFOR contingent (Kosovo Forces) and is now used in the LUNA drone system in Afghanistan and in the Swiss Air Force.

Data connection interface