OSCAR and thermal cameras


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Walking around the docks and pontoons, one can observe that thermal cameras are more commonly used on boats. Not only on superyachts. Let it be the weekend cruiser or the sport-fishing enthusiast, cameras have made their way onto boat decks.
A thermal camera is primarily an observation device. With a limited field of view, a user can very comfortably and precisely look out for certain things he/she is interested in, day and night.
A thermal camera can not automatically detect and identify objects. When the user is not actively following the image of the system, objects will not be detected and no warning will be given.

To perfectly address the requirements of sailors outside of racing, we have just launched the OSCAR ADVANCES SERIES.
It offers integration with the boat communication bus and OSCAR can be also displayed on selected MFDs of renown marine electronics brands. No matter if powerboat or sailing vessel, we offer the ideal solution to keep you safe when cruising through the ocean.

OSCAR is your friend to detect objects day and night and to support you in collision avoidance.

OSCAR thermal camera image and OSCAR RGB image. The boat detected on the thermal image is still 850m away.

OSCAR is a collision avoidance system, which will permanently (24/7) monitor a defined area (mostly in front of the boat) and automatically detect and identify objects ahead. Based on object localisation and trajectory, OSCAR assesses the risk for a collision and alerts the user, when a collision is likely to occur. OSCAR can also be used as an observation device, but does not have the flexibility (e.g., tilt and pan) and precision of a thermal camera (e.g., optical zoom on high end models). On the other hand, two thermal cameras are combined in one OSCAR system and consequently OSCAR’s horizontal field of view is double compared to single thermal cameras.

To give some examples:
If you want to observe objects (e.g., ships, animals, shoreline) in all directions from the boat, a thermal camera offers great flexibility to do that. If you care about comfort and peace of mind during navigation and reduce the stress of a night watch, OSCAR is your device, because you have a system that constantly monitors the area in front of the boat.

Some additional technical infos about OSCAR:

– Most OSCAR systems use 2 thermal cameras, e.g, OSCAR 30 has 2 hi-res thermal cameras (640x512px).
– Range: Generally, OSCAR sees up to the horizon – distance depends on mast height and visibility.
– OSCAR’s automatic object detection works up to 0,8nm (1,5km) for heading information.
– Localisation of objects works up to 0,54nm (1000m) => heading, speed, distance of object.
– Frequency: OSCAR’s thermal cameras shoot to 3 frames per second (3Hz).
– Every frame runs through the AI algorithm in real time to automatically identify and detect objects.
– Zoom: OSCAR offers a digital zoom function on the display (up to 4x).

In short: We think that the systems are complementary. Both have their strengths in different applications. OSCAR adds functionality (AI-based object detection and collision avoidance) to thermal cameras.

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