North Andover, USA, August 6, 2007: Flight Landata Inc., a provider of digital remote sensing technology, has received the 2006 U.S. Army Greatest Inventions of the Year award for its BuckEye imaging system. The award recognizes technologies that have a significant impact on the readiness of the Army and on the effectiveness and safety of its soldiers.
Awarded in June 2007, the 2006 U.S. Army Greatest Inventions of the Year honor was shared by Flight Landata, the U.S. Army Topographic Engineering Center (TEC), the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), and three other companies – all of which collaborated in developing BuckEye. The Army selection is but the latest accolade recognizing the effectiveness of the technology.
The BuckEye system enables soldiers in combat to identify potential threats by acquiring sharp, geo-referenced images of ground features using a digital airborne imaging device. Flown aboard conventional aircraft, the system analyzes rapidly-delivered imagery and automatically compares it with prior imagery on a pixel-by-pixel basis. BuckEye is capable of resolution as fine as 2 cm. Soldiers use the change detection analysis to identify minute topographical features that reveal the presence of roadside dangers and other hazards.