Radio upgrade to include camera control for manned and unmanned aircraft introduced by Persistent Systems

March 1, 2022
Any MPU5 user can consume video from manned and unmanned aircraft, and take control of the camera and point it at a target or area of interest.

NEW YORK – Persistent Systems LLC in New York is unveiling a firmware upgrade to the company's MPU5 MANET radio that includes a camera control application for third-party electro-optical and infrared gimbaled cameras.

Any MPU5 user -- from the tactical operations center staffer to the infantry warfighter -- not only can consume video from manned and unmanned aircraft, but also take control of the camera and point it at a specific target or area of interest.

“The solution puts sensor control firmly in the hands of the operator on the ground,” says Nick Naioti, vice president of business development at Persistent Systems. “This is the foundation of the next generation ISR vision: to get video and sensor data to all users on the battlefield that need the data in real time.”

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To enable the camera control application’s working across disparate systems, the Persistent's engineering team collaborated with Teledyne FLIR, L3 Wescam, Trillium Engineering, and other gimbaled camera manufacturers to support their unique camera-control protocols.

The result is an increase in capability and a reduction in the cognitive load on the warfighter. “Users carrying the MPU5-linked Rugged Display and Controller can take control of the EO/IR sensor in real-time without needing to relay voice commands to sensor operators or remote unmanned controllers via antiquated and latent mechanisms,” Naioti says.

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