Vehicle testbed for multispectral imaging and vision-based geolocation

A. Irwin, J. Mares, M. Martino, L. Zhang, O. Furxhi, E. Jacobs, R. Driggers, C. K. Renshaw

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We built a multispectral data collection system and vehicle testbed for experimentation on vision-based geolocation. The data collection system includes a gimballed mount with VIS, NIR, SWIR, MWIR and LWIR sensors allowing us to compare simultaneous imagery of features or targets across all the atmospheric bands. For geolocation experiments, the testbed is equipped with a dual-GPS inertial measurement unit for true location and orientation, a CAN bus interface to pull vehicle speedometer and odometer data. It is also outfitted with a dual-GPU, rugged, edge computer used to control the system and collect data; the computer is pre-loaded with geospatial data (maps, tower positions, elevation data, etc.) necessary for tracking targets of interest or performing real-time geolocation estimates. 60% of the rear seat was replaced with an electronics rack which also houses a 3kW inverter providing power to all of the equipment. A weather-proof cable pass through was installed in the roof of the truck while a weather-proof enclosure provides wind and rain protection to the roof-mounted equipment. We present multispectral panoramic imagery of flat environments where cellular towers provide ideal references for geolocation and mountainous environments where the landscape and horizon topography provide viable geo-references. We will present an overview of the data collection modes, calibration procedures, and the driving data sets collected to date.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInfrared Technology and Applications XLIX
EditorsGabor F. Fulop, David Z. Ting, Lucy L. Zheng
ISBN (Electronic)9781510661820
StatePublished - 2023
EventInfrared Technology and Applications XLIX 2023 - Orlando, United States
Duration: Apr 30 2023May 4 2023

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferenceInfrared Technology and Applications XLIX 2023
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • multispectral imaging
  • panoramic imaging
  • Vehicle testbed
  • vision-based geolocation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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