Digital Sensors Improve Capabilities for Night-vision Devices

Digital Sensors Improve Capabilities for Night-vision Devices image
July 31, 2015 | Source: Dan Lafontaine, RDECOM Public Affairs

FORT BELVOIR, Va. (Jan. 20, 2015) - Night-vision devices are critical for ensuring Soldiers' tactical advantage through increased survivability, maneuverability and lethality.

In a search for improvements, U.S. Army scientists and engineers have developed technologies that will significantly change how Soldiers use the devices, officials said. Advancements now allow the digital sensor to be placed away from a Soldier's eye, and users can now view video images on a decoupled display.

Dan Hosek, a general engineer with the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, has led the low-light level sensor program, known as LLLS, since 2011.

"The current image intensifier sits right in front of the Soldier's eye, and it can't be moved. If the Soldier sees something interesting, there is no way to capture one of those images and send it anywhere," Hosek said. "With this sensor, you can put it wherever you need. You can put it on the outside of a vehicle and pipe the video inside.