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Pearson Engineering’s Threat-Sense provides any military vehicle or unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) with the ability to detect and positively identify surface laid mines, even in adverse environmental conditions.

How does Threat-Sense work?

Threat-Sense uses artificial intelligence to identify surface laid threats. Deep learning algorithms can detect anti-tank and anti-personnel mines and indicate to operators in varying environmental conditions where threats are present.

The fully passive Threat-Sense Processing Unit (TSPU) simultaneously analyses video streams in real-time from visual cameras either mounted on the vehicle or UAV. If any threats from a pre-programmed and trainable library are detected , they are highlighted on the screen which is either fitted within the military vehicle or on a handheld operator control unit (OCU) and an audible warning is sounded.

The system offers the flexibility to integrate an optional Threat-Sense Camera Unit (TSCU). Alternatively, video feeds can be received from a range of sources including HDMI, USB-C, and IP.

Developments for Threat-Sense:

Following extensive integration with ground vehicles, Threat-Sense can now be used on UAVs. The use of Threat-Sense through drone deployment allows for fast and expansive remote surveillance of minefields and the identification of surface laid threats such as mines.

Whilst using a Commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) drone, the operator can control the unit up to 5km away, which greatly reduces the risk to life by increasing stand-off from threats. Threat-Sense is compatible with any drone which is capable of providing a sufficient video feed; the processing unit can be mounted on the drone (on-edge processing) or use a drone’s video feed remotely with the processor unit based on the ground.

Threat-Sense logs all of the detected threats with estimated GPS markers and timestamps; it also has the ability to network this information over Android Team Awareness Kit (ATAK), Data Distribution Service (DDS) or other Battlefield Management Systems (BMS) in real-time.

The TSPU can now be used in ‘black box mode’, which requires no user interaction or GUI output. Threats are still detected in this mode.

Scalable Battlefield Solution:

Threat-Sense is a scalable solution to cover ground more quickly. Threat-Sense can be used alongside Threat-Pathway; a lightweight solution to displace scatterable-mines from under armour if there is no clear route identified.

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Key Features

  • Software Features:
  • Threat library can be rapidly extended per customer requirements
  • Detects surface laid mines ahead of the host vehicle, classifying the type of threat and reporting a threat confidence level
  • Supports decision making
  • Provides confidence in manoeuvre
  • Enhances understanding
  • Reduces cognitive effort without over-riding human decision making
  • Capable of detecting threats in adverse weather conditions (rain, smoke, fog, mist etc.)
  • Hardware Features:
  • Can be installed onto any host vehicle with sufficient electrical power budget and space volume
  • Minimal installation time
  • Small size and low mass
  • Fully passive system with no radiated emissions
  • Can utilise an existing vehicle camera suite and in-vehicle monitors


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