Accession Number:

ADA393943

Title:

Performance Analysis of Tower Watch Camera Systems

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

COAST GUARD RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER GROTON CT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2001-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

17.0

Abstract:

A technology demonstration effort was undertaken to determine if a remote imaging system could be used to reduce workload at a U.S. Coast Guard Small Boat Surf Station. The remote imaging system consisted of a black and white Closed Circuit Television CCTV system with integrated image intensification and long-range thermal infrared imaging. The goal was to determine the extent to which remote monitoring of rough inlet bar conditions and vessel traffic could reduce the need to staff a watch tower. The demonstration project was conducted at U.S. Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment in Ilwaco, WA. The remote imaging system was controllable both locally at the watch tower site and remotely from the Station s Communications Center. The cameras were mounted on a remotely controllable pantilt unit to allow the observer to determine the area of interest. The full motion video signal and all control signals were transmitted back and forth from the watch tower and the Communications Center via fiber-optic cabling. Comparisons were made of the fidelity of the remote imaging system s capabilities to that of traditional monitoring techniques. An operational assessment was made on the impact the remote imaging system had on the operations of the Station. The evaluations identified that the remote imaging system with the long-range infrared camera improved monitoring during adverse weather conditions and darkness. The remote imaging system provided more accurate and timely information to the Station s Duty Officer, thus allowing additional decision-making time regarding resource assignments. Recommendations on remote imaging system requirements and cost estimates are provided to aid in implementation decision making for the Office of Boat Forces G-OCS.

Subject Categories:

  • Photography
  • Infrared Detection and Detectors

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE