ZMicro Launches Rugged Appliance for Improved Visibility in Live Video

Sept. 14, 2017
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SAN DIEGO - ZMicro, a leader in rugged computing solutions, today announced the availability of its new Insight real-time video enhancement system. Insight is a rugged appliance designed to improve visual clarity in live video in ground control stations, airborne surveillance, and other ISR applications. ZMicro is showcasing its Insight product at AFCEA WEST 2017, February 21-23, at the San Diego Convention Center.

Real-time video is a vital part of nearly all military operations and often the basis for life or death decisions. Virtually all military vehicles, including manned vessels such as fighter jets, trucks, and tanks, as well as Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) capture live video for ISR. However, environmental factors such as poor lighting at dawn, dusk, nighttime, or adverse weather, including sandstorms often obscure important details. ZMicro’s Insight product enhances live video to reveal remarkable detail in degraded visual environments (DVE) where factors such as fog, rain, dust, smoke, underwater, low light, or bright light can limit visibility.

“Because ISR video is so vitally important, military customers have been very excited about our image enhancement technology,” said Jason Wade, president of ZMicro. “In fact, there is a sort of wow-factor when they see the raw video and our enhanced video side-by-side. Customers told us they wanted a solution that they could drop into existing ISR operations. So, we designed the Insight rugged appliance for plug and play installation into any existing ISR architecture, for example, a ground control station.”

The Insight system operates on the principle that the image sensors, such as cameras, can capture far more image information than can be perceived by the human eye. ZMicro’s patented algorithms use all the image information and automatically adjust contrast and color to improve visibility and highlight important details. The system uses a high performance heterogeneous multiprocessor architecture that ensures there is no discernable latency, i.e. less than a single frame time in processing real-time video.

The Insight system enables users to adjust algorithmic settings, helping to hone in on specific areas of interest, or extract desired details. In addition to improving visual clarity in live video, ZMicro’s Insight system offers the ability to apply chroma-key overlays such as GPS data and supports H.264 decoding of IP video streams. It has intuitive controls for on the fly enhancement adjustments and includes a quick snapshot tool for saving JPEG images. The Insight system offers plug and play installation and can be used with existing video monitoring equipment.

Product Features

  • • Improves image clarity in live video
  • • Plug and play installation
  • • Intuitive controls for on the fly enhancement adjustment
  • • Quick “snap shot” tool for saving JPEGs
  • • USB drive stores enhanced video
  • • H.264 decoding of IP video streams
  • • Apply chroma-key overlays such as GPS data

Product Specifications
Complete product specifications are available on the Insight product page.

ZMicro is accepting orders now for Insight systems with delivery Q2. For more information, including configuration options and pricing please contact at

About ZMicro
For more than 30 years, ZMicro has been supplying superior computing technology to the US military and defense system integrators. Today, ZMicro designs and manufacturers field-ready computing solutions for military, medical, and commercial applications. The company’s commercial off–the–shelf (COTS) products include rugged flat panel displays, high-performance computers, video enhancement  and flexible storage systems. For more information, visit

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