Adaptive, high-performance Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) solutions provider AEye, Inc. has formed a partnership with Booz Allen Hamilton to productize and drive adoption of AEye’s technology for Aerospace and Defense (A&D) applications.
AEye’s 4Sight software-definable LiDAR sensors have a detection range that exceeds one kilometer, are flexible enough to track a bullet at 25,000 frames per second, and can either cue off of other sensors or self-cue, subsequently adapting to place high-density regions of interest around targets. These capabilities, enabled by 4Sight’s in-sensor perception, expand the utility of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI/ML) for defense applications, ultimately saving lives.
Booz Allen has developed a client toolkit for assessing the performance of AI/ML, fusing data from multiple sensors – including LiDAR, camera, and radar – and virtualizing perception data for optimized mapping onto embedded processors to fully support situational awareness for the military.
This toolkit accelerates AEye’s 4Sight Intelligent Sensing Platform time-to-market into the A&D markets.
“Aerospace and defense applications must be able to see, classify, and respond to an object in real time, at high speeds, and at long distances. AEye’s 4Sight software-definable LiDAR system, with its adaptive sensor-based operating system, uniquely meets these challenging demands,” said Blair LaCorte, CEO of AEye. “We are collaborating with Booz Allen Hamilton to optimize its real-time embedded processor perception stack. This aligns with Booz Allen’s digital battlespace vision for an information-driven, fully integrated conflict space extending across all warfighting domains, enabled by technology like artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and edge computing to realize information superiority and achieve overmatch.”
“Information warfare will drive tomorrow’s battles, and wars will be won by those who maintain superior situational awareness provided by critical technologies like AI and ML,” said Dr. Randy M. Yamada, Booz Allen vice president and a leader in the firm’s defense solutions portfolio. “Given this, AI must not be an afterthought, but rather a solution that can keep up with the challenging demands of DoD requirements. Booz Allen will enable AEye’s adaptive, software-defined architecture that greatly expands the utility of AI and ML for defense applications, which we believe will be a game-changer.”
AEye also announced the opening of an office in Florida’s ‘Space Coast’ region, and the hiring of veteran defense systems engineering leader Steve Frey, a Lockheed Martin and L3Harris Technologies alum, as its vice president of business development for A&D.
AEye plans to leverage the perception stack advancements being developed in conjunction with Booz Allen into various edge computing environments with its automotive and industrial customer base.