What Is Vidar?

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Vidar (Vibration Detection and Ranging) is a sensor capable of detecting and analyzing tiny vibrations from even the most miniature objects that a human eye cannot see. It uses telecommunication fiber optic cables to detect vibrations of nearby objects such as cars, pedestrians, and drills. Vidar operates optically; thus, it is not affected by white caps and other effects that impact technology such as radar. The vibrations detected are analyzed and then categorized on SuperSoniQ (FiberSense digital platform).

SuperSoniQ is just like ears. It can use vibrations to detect and recognize objects and events over large areas in real-time. However, it neither hears voices nor sees faces. Detection can be done day and night.

How Vidar Works

Vidar is mainly used as a marine search system. It can sweep a larger area of an ocean or sea and finds objects that have sunk even at the surface of the sea. Vidar is optimized in a particular mode of operation. Here, things that are important to a mission are called out uniquely. Operators can identify them. When the ocean is scanned, objects at the surface of the sea are found. The Vidar quickly sends a thumbnail of the object and its location. The operator can have a view of the thumbnail on a map. This map is usually attached to the mission system in the aircraft. The operator will determine if the object detected is of interest. If it is, the operator should select it. Sensors are cued automatically to help in a close inspection.

Vidar Core Capabilities

Vidar has a low swap integration for any airframe. It is thus compatible with mounting systems. It can easily be fixed on a rotary-wing of an aircraft, whether a crewed or uncrewed aircraft. This integration option is available with a range of airborne pods.

Vidar supports day and night operations. It also has sensors that provide a 180-degree search coverage. These sensors are automatic. An operator can cross cue images and location coordinates of every object.

Vidar has developed algorithms that can operate robustly in noisy environments with low alarm rates. Therefore, it effectively turns existing patrol resources into a queued interdiction capability that is highly efficient.

Vidar allows one to detect multiple threats from a single platform. It is essential in a marine environment. Risks in such an environment can come from different sources, including seismic events, vessel anchoring, etc.

Vidar has helped in operating and managing autonomous vehicles.

Significance of Vidar

This technology has transformed the way assets (power grids, sewerage pipes, telecommunication cables, etc.) are managed. It has proved to provide real-time warnings of physical threats that may impact your infrastructure integrity. An excellent example of such a threat is excavation. The vessel exposed is easily identified. One, therefore, can intervene before damages occur.

Vidar has helped in gaining intelligence on any event that could damage assets. It has demonstrated a wide range of safety and security to stakeholders, especially those who share a city’s public space.

Road vehicles in an area can easily be sensed in real-time.