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RFEL supplies two HALO Rapid Prototype Development Systems to the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, UK


Newport, Isle of Wight, UK - 3 March 2017 - RFEL has supplied the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL), UK with two HALO™ Rapid Prototype Development Systems (RPDS). These systems will be used by DSTL to evaluate RFEL's and 3rd party video processing algorithms for real-time video trials and to support interactive demonstrations to military users. This approach will dramatically speed up the assessment of complex video processing solutions, where traditional software simulation suffers from prohibitively long simulation times when assessing real-world performance.

Simulation has traditionally been used to mitigate the risk of deploying algorithms using expensive bespoke hardware. However, the flexibility and high performance of the HALO RPDS system using System-on-Chip (SoC) technology means that it is now possible to experiment with algorithms in hardware to accelerate testing, while automatically ensuring that any successful candidate solutions are inherently supported on the HALO platform.

DSTL has procured two RPDS systems to support very different video processing investigations, demonstrating the diversity of potential applications. One system is being used to evaluate RFEL's suite of High Definition (HD) Video Stabilisation products to create bespoke solutions, while the second system is being used to evaluate third party algorithms and their performance.

RFEL maintains a library of highly optimised FPGA video processing functions that can be rapidly configured to fast track a bespoke solution. This means that novel video processing solutions can be rapidly developed and then deployed on the HALO hardware, dramatically reducing risk and time to deliver the capability to the front line.

Dr Alex Kuhrt, RFEL's CEO, adds, "We have been working with DSTL to provide them with solutions that out-perform commercial off-the-shelf products. They are one of the many military, government and security organisations around the world that come to us for cutting edge solutions that set new standards for video processing performance."

RFEL will be showcasing its HALO platform and video processing solutions on stand B60 at Security and Policing, Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre, UK from 7-9 March 2017.

Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL)

The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL) maximises the impact of Science and Technology (S&T) for the defence and security of the UK, supplying sensitive and specialist S&T services for the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and wider government. DSTL is an Executive Agency of the MOD, run along commercial lines. It is one of the principal government organisations dedicated to S&T in the defence and security field, with three main sites at Porton Down, near Salisbury, Portsdown West, near Portsmouth, and Fort Halstead, near Sevenoaks. DSTL works with a wide range of partners and suppliers in industry, in academia and overseas. Around 60% of MOD's Science and Technology Programme is delivered by these external partners and suppliers.


RFEL is a UK-based technology company providing high specification signal and video processing solutions to government, defence, security and industrial customers. RFEL's unique, easy-to-integrate products, and proven designs, developed for a technically demanding environment, give customers a route to reliable product development at low-risk with a short time to market, to meet tomorrow's requirements today. RFEL's new US office, located with its partner American Rheinmetall Systems LLC, is at RFEL USA, 15 Morin Street, Biddeford, Maine, 04005 USA.

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Source: RFEL