Airgaze is a system for visualization of tracked units in real-time camera images. It provides higher levels of situation awareness in complex environments by adding context to originally plain camera images.
Airgaze is especially fit for scenarios where many units are tracked within large areas. Here ordinary camera images are often useless because the units are either rendered too small to distinguish any details, or a confusing large number of units are observed in the image at the same time.
One example is an airport with its departures, arrivals, and ground units, where the real-time traffic originally seen only in 2D radar maps, with Airgaze can also be seen directly in live camera images. Another example is marine traffic near harbors or sounds: Airgaze can reveal details about any vessel tracked within the camera field of view.
The Airgaze project is a science-intensive project which requires special smart solutions across multiple disciplines including computer vision, augmented reality, elements of tracking/navigation/GIS, together with cloud-computing and web-technologies.
As a proof of concept, Airgaze has been implemented for tracking of sailplanes soaring in the air. While earlier the sailplanes tracked using Open Glider Network could be seen only in 2D maps, now they can be seen directly in webcams. It becomes obvious under which cumulus cloud they are circling, and why they fly in exactly this or that direction. Airgaze has earned significant portion of interest from the gliding society already after its very first days of operation.