UK defence technology company Chess Dynamics has launched Deep Embedded Feature Tracking (DEFT), an advanced real-time video tracking capability that provides accurate and robust tracking in complex situations.
DEFT utilises a deep learning approach, developed by Chess brand Vision4ce, to create a comprehensive model of the tracked target, allowing the system to accurately locate dynamic targets and reliably re-acquire the target following periods of occlusion. DEFT provides improved tracking of difficult targets, such as dynamic objects that are changing appearance or rapidly accelerating, against foreground and background clutter, where traditional algorithms struggle.
The technology enhances Chess’s AI-driven target detection and tracking capability and integrates with Neural Network-based object detection and classification of targets including multi-rotor drones, vessels and land vehicles.
As the tracking progresses, the model is continuously fine-tuned to enhance its understanding of the target, resulting in precise long-term, robust tracking performance. Accurate classification allows the system to take advantage of automation technology for threat prioritisation and alerts, while also developing robust analytics data to enable more accurate decision making.
David Tuddenham, Chess Group Managing Director said: “The increased proliferation of stealthy drones and more flexibly deployed forces has posed an unprecedented threat to security and privacy. These agile and hard-to-detect devices capitalise on cluttered environments to evade traditional surveillance methods, highlighting the urgent need for innovative technologies to counteract them.
DEFT has been developed in response to this growing issue. It exhibits remarkable resilience in the face of dynamic targets, effortlessly adapting to changes in appearance or rapid acceleration. Adopting Vision4ce’s highly efficient technology will allow us to address a critical challenge in modern surveillance.”
Chess Dynamics is a Systems House providing surveillance, fire control and special project capability for Land and Maritime domains.
Chess’ portfolio of proven surveillance and fire control solutions also includes counter-UAV (drone) protection systems, the Vision4ce branded real time video and image processing solutions for electro-optic systems.
The company also provides a complete service including survey, installation, training, and maintenance across its entire product range, including bespoke engineering solutions.
Chess has been supplying equipment, sub-systems and systems to defence leaders and prime contractors since 2005. Chess is a subsidiary company of the Cohort group and the company is led by David Tuddenham.
Chess Dynamics is a subsidiary of Cohort plc – the independent technology group and parent company of six innovative, agile, and responsive businesses Chess, EID, ELAC SONAR, MASS, MCL and SEA, providing a wide range of services and products for domestic and international customers in defence, security and related markets.
Cohort plc was admitted to London’s Alternative Investment Market (AIM) in March 2006. Its headquarters are in Reading, Berkshire and the Group employs around 1,000 core staff at its operating company sites across the UK, Germany, and Portugal. www.cohortplc.com