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Singapore’s Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) and Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. (Rafael) will jointly accelerate the implementation of smart technologies for potential use in urban operations, including incident response and counter-terrorism.

Both organisations have established Implementation Agreements to collaboratively explore advancements in the use of synthetic data to train computer vision algorithms and in the application of visual odometry for soldier navigation. The agreements were announced on the sidelines of the Singapore Defence Technology Summit1 2023.

With these collaborations, DSTA and Rafael seek to overcome the lack of conventional data for the training of computer vision algorithms to detect threats in urban environments, as well as to develop enhanced methods of tracking a soldier’s position and movements in challenging indoor environments with better accuracy.  

DSTA’s Director Land Systems, Mr Alex Lee Siang Meng, said, “To be a nimble defence technology innovator, DSTA taps synergies across global defence and commercial industry players. This collaboration will enable us to deepen technical knowledge and research exchanges in the exciting fields of computer vision and indoor navigation. In doing so, we hope to harness the transformative potential of these technologies for Singapore’s defence.”

 

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