Two HALO Rapid Prototype Development Systems supplied in UK

6th March 2017
Posted By : Anna Flockett
Two HALO Rapid Prototype Development Systems supplied in UK

Supplying the UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL), RFEL has developed two HALO Rapid Prototype Development Systems (RPDS). These systems will be used by DSTL to evaluate RFEL's and third party video processing algorithms for real time video trials and to support interactive demonstrations to military users.  

This approach will dramatically speed up the assessment of complex video processing solutions, where traditional software simulation suffers from prohibitively long simulation times when assessing real world performance. 

Simulation has traditionally been used to mitigate the risk of deploying algorithms using expensive bespoke hardware. However, the flexibility and high performance of the HALO RPDS system using System-on-Chip (SoC) technology means that it is now possible to experiment with algorithms in hardware to accelerate testing, while automatically ensuring that any successful candidate solutions are inherently supported on the HALO platform.

DSTL has procured two RPDS systems to support very different video processing investigations, demonstrating the diversity of potential applications. One system is being used to evaluate RFEL's suite of High Definition (HD) Video Stabilisation products to create bespoke solutions, while the second system is being used to evaluate third party algorithms and their performance.

RFEL maintains a library of highly optimised FPGA video processing functions that can be rapidly configured to fast track a bespoke solution. This means that novel video processing solutions can be rapidly developed and then deployed on the HALO hardware, dramatically reducing risk and time to deliver the capability to the front line.

Dr Alex Kuhrt, RFEL's CEO, added: "We have been working with DSTL to provide them with solutions that out-perform commercial off-the-shelf products. They are one of the many military, government and security organisations around the world that come to us for cutting edge solutions that set new standards for video processing performance."

RFEL will be showcasing its HALO platform and video processing solutions on stand B60 at Security and Policing, Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre, UK from 7-9th March 2017.

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