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StereoVision Imaging, Industry Leader in 4D FMCW LiDAR Technology, Adds Five New Continuation Patents to Extensive IP Portfolio

StereoVision Imaging, Industry Leader in 4D FMCW LiDAR Technology, Adds Five New Continuation Patents to Extensive IP Portfolio

StereoVision Imaging, Inc. (SVI) has been granted four new continuation patents by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and one new continuation patent issued by the European Patent Office. The patents build and expand upon the company’s extensive patent portfolio focused on biometric/object recognition and remote sensing technology.  

The result of more than $100 million invested in R&D over the last 10 years, the new issuances bring SVI’s patent portfolio to 61 patents issued worldwide, with 46 patents pending across 24 patent families. They provide further protection for SVI’s Mil-Spec, field-proven and uniquely capable technology as it launches a new commercialization campaign.

“These new patents both continue and broaden the protection of our technology portfolio focused on detecting and measuring moving objects in real world situations,” commented SVI president, Gregory Steinthal. “These latest patents include changes that greatly expand the scope of the protections compared to the original related patents. They place SVI in an exceptionally secure position as we commercialize our IP portfolio of over 100 patents and patents pending, which includes potentially partnering with those who are infringing.”

“There have been a number of major investments or IPOs announced recently at multimillion to multibillion-dollar valuations, particularly in the autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicle space, involving the use of coherent FMCW LiDAR,” continued Steinthal. “As the owner of the first patents in the dual chirp 4D FMCW LiDAR space, we believe that we have established the furthest reaching IP portfolio for determining range and velocity, and we plan on exploiting this advantage fully.”

The new patents primarily relate to the application of frequency modulated continuous wave (FMCW) LiDAR technology that can be used for biometric measurement, identification and security, as well as other fields of use, such as autonomous vehicles, medical biometric monitoring, robotics, and mobile devices.

The five new patents cover a range of applications and benefits across several of the company’s 26 patent families:

Dual Chirp FMCW LiDAR (U.S. patent no. 10,578,738): Covers a laser-based radar system that uses two or more laser beams to improve speed and accuracy when determining the range and velocity of a distant target. It supports instantaneous per pixel velocity measurement and multibeam LiDAR applications by modulating the beam or “chirping” in a unique fashion using two or more chirps to accurately measure the Doppler shift or changes in the frequency of the beam reflected off a target that are caused by the target in motion.

Video Stream Improvements (patent no. 10,796,417): Using change detection between video frames, improvements are made to a video stream resulting in more accurate facial matching.

Eye Tracking (U.S. patent no. 10,791,925): Using the position information of the face as provided by detection and ranging systems, such as by radar or LiDAR, eyeball detection and motion tracking information is determined.

Determining Range Through Transparent Surfaces Such as Glass (U.S. patent no. 10,761,210): Supports determining the distance to an object even through transparent surfaces, such as glass windows or vehicle windshields.

Fusion of FMCW LiDAR with Video (European patent no. 2399150B): A system that uses range and Doppler velocity from LiDAR along with images from video to estimate the six degree-of-freedom trajectory of a target.

SVI’s technology is currently in use globally for biometric facial recognition in military applications. Having now established an extensive portfolio of patent-protected IP around FMCW LiDAR, the company sees a “blue ocean” of potential commercial sector uses, including autonomous vehicles, industrial metrology, and any application where instantaneous, sub-millimeter accurate measurements of the size, distance and movement of objects, even at long ranges, are required. The company is now focused on commercializing its IP in these additional potentially highly lucrative markets.

For more than the last 10 years, SVI has been operating under a stealth U.S. military-funded facial recognition project. It has become the sole-source supplier to the U.S. Army of an advanced Facial Recognition Binocular System (FRBS) used by U.S. war fighters in the field. The company recently announced a new follow-on order that brought the total value of units purchased by the military to more than $4.5 million.

Since SVI was granted a commercial export license by the U.S. Commerce Department, the company has initiated the development of products for use in the commercial sector and has signed a number of IP licenses with strategic partners.

“In addition to introducing our own products, we look forward to entering into additional strategic licensing agreements to develop our dual chirp 4D FMCW LiDAR to its fullest commercial potential,” added Steinthal. “Our full family of LiDAR technology IP presents an attractive licensing opportunity to potential partners and supports our recently launched commercial product roll-out.”

SVI has conducted an extensive ‘Freedom to Operate’ (FTO) analysis of its Dual Chirp FMCW LiDAR patent family. Typically a lengthy and expensive process, especially for large patent portfolios, an FTO analysis determines whether a technology of interest infringes any patent owned by another party. It helps to mitigate the risk of potentially infringing on third-party patents when going to market, as well as helps identify potential infringement by others. It also facilitates product development by informing design changes necessary to avoid identified patent barriers. This helps to provide assurances to current and potential IP licensee and strategic partners.

 

The SVI Advantage

The main advantages of SVI’s dual chirp FMCW 4D LiDAR over other types of LiDAR is its ability to instantly determine at exceptionally long ranges all four key dimensions of an object: length, width, depth and velocity. Unique to SVI technology is its ability to acquire velocity or motion information instantaneously at 40x the distance compared to traditional systems, while still being eye safe.

SVI FMCW 4D LiDAR also works in real world situations regardless of a subject’s movement, pose, expression, lighting conditions or occlusions, such as beards or sunglasses, or through a vehicle windshield. The technology can measure velocity down to millimeters per second, allowing the remote detection of heart and breathing rate and speech (U.S. patent no. 9,872,639), as well as eye movement (U.S. patent no. 10,791,925), which can provide indications of alertness, psychological condition, or intent. The technology is also ideal for any application requiring highly accurate, sub-millimeter measurement of the size, distance and movement of any object, such as required for industrial metrology. To learn more, visit www.stereovisioninc.com.        

 

About StereoVision Imaging

StereoVision Imaging, Inc. (SVI) is an emerging world leader in facial/object recognition and remote sensing technology for several markets and industries, from military reconnaissance and physical security to autonomous driving, robotics, mobile devices and more. For these applications, SVI develops and manufactures proprietary and highly advanced 4D FMCW LiDAR technology (four-dimensional frequency-modulated continuous wave light detection and ranging). The result of more than $100 million invested in R&D over the last 10 years, SVI’s Mil-Spec, field-proven and uniquely capable technology is protected by more than 100 patents and patents pending worldwide. For additional information, please visit www.stereovisioninc.com.        

 

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SVI Receives Follow-on Purchase Order from U.S. Government as Sole-Source Provider of Facial Recognition Binocular System

SVI Receives Follow-on Purchase Order from U.S. Government as Sole-Source Provider of Facial Recognition Binocular System

StereoVision Imaging, Inc. (SVI), an emerging world leader in 2D and 3D/4DLiDAR based facial/object recognition and remote sensing technology, has secured a follow-on purchase order from the U.S. government for additional units of its next generation, portable Facial Recognition Binocular System (FRBS). The new order brings the total value of units purchased to more than $4.5 million.

The advanced binocular system enables U.S. and coalition war fighters to integrate stand-off surveillance operations with real-time actionable intelligence. It supports the identification of non-cooperative persons-of-interest under challenging uncontrolled environmental conditions with very high levels of accuracy, and allows timely data analysis and data-to-decision for command leadership.

SVI FRBS-200 Facial Recognition Binocular System
 

SVI is the sole-source provider of FRBS technology to the U.S. Army under a U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) Joint Urgent Operational Need (JUON) statement. SVI expects to ship the units in the first quarter of 2021.

The SVI FRBS platform incorporates SVI’s industry-leading facial recognition technology in a mobile binocular format. The system’s high-definition optics fueled by its proprietary facial analytical and deep learning face matching algorithms provide rapid ‘point-and-click’ subject identification at the required stand-off distances.

Through real-world operational testing, FRBS has been designed to support United Combatant Command (COCOM) missions that involve surveillance, reconnaissance, exploitation, identity and information operations, counterterrorism and anti-insurgency. The new units are destined for deployment across U.S. Central and European Command theatres.

“With this next shipment, we believe we have entered an important next phase with the design and initial deployments of our FRBS,” stated SVI founder and president Gregory Steinthal. “We anticipate the program will soon advance to full production and look for it to transition into formal program of record. We are uniquely positioned as the sole-source provider of this advanced technology to the U.S. military, which affirms the tremendous unmatched capabilities it provides.”

SVI sees opportunities for deployment of FRBS to other government agencies, such as federal law enforcement, airport security, border patrol and entry control points.

About StereoVision Imaging, Inc.
StereoVision Imaging (SVI) is an emerging global leader in biometric/object recognition and remote sensing technology, enabling governments and commercial organizations to perform identity and object recognition with the highest-level of speed and accuracy. Beyond FRBS, the company’s patented Dual Chirp 4D LiDAR
SVI F RBS 200 Facial Recognition Binocular System(light detection and ranging) technology provides the most accurate 4D biometric security system in the world at the longest ranges. Its products are currently used by the U.S. military as well as other government agencies and organizations. SVI is focused on enhancing national security and public safety by solving the world’s most difficult identity validation and analysis challenges. For additional information, please visit www.stereovisioninc.com.

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SVI Adds Advisory Board

SVI Adds Advisory Board

 SVI is pleased to announce the creation of their Board of Advisors and welcome the first two members: Mr. Steve Carlin and  Lieutenant General (Retired) Ken Tovo.  Mr. Carlin is CEO of Kebek Ventures and partner at TransLink. He was formally President & Chief Strategy Officer for Softbank Robotics America.   LTG (Ret.) Ken Tovo had a distinguished 35 year military career, much as a Green Beret and led the Army Special Operations Command.  He is currently President of DOL Enterprises.

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SVI Teams with GDIT

SVI Teams with GDIT

SVI is proud to announce that their CES-S400 facial recognition scanner for commercial entry systems has been installed at General Dynamics Information Technologies (GDIT) new Innovation Center in Falls Church, VA.  SVI is excited to work with GDIT and to leverage their vast experience and success as a leading system Integrator of innovative new technologies.

 

General Dynamics is a global aerospace and defense company that offers a broad portfolio of products and services in business aviation; combat vehicles, weapons systems and munitions; IT services; C4ISR solutions; and shipbuilding and ship repair. General Dynamics employs more than 100,000 people worldwide and generated $39.4 billion in revenue in 2019. More information about GDIT is available at www.gdit.com. More information about General Dynamics is available at www.gd.com.

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SVI Teams with IDEMIA

SVI Teams with IDEMIA

SVI and IDEMIA National Security Solutions are proud to announce their recent teaming agreement.  Teaming efforts to include providing LiDAR-based entry and vehicle control point solutions to both SVI and IDEMIA’s customer base.

 

IDEMIA, the global leader in Augmented Identity, provides a trusted environment enabling citizens and consumers alike to perform their daily critical activities (such as pay, connect and travel), in the physical as well as digital space.  With 13,000 employees around the world, IDEMIA serves clients in 180 countries.

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SVI Granted Additional FMCW LiDAR-Based Patents

CALABASAS, Calif.Oct. 2, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — StereoVision Imaging, Inc. (SVI), a defense contractor and global leading developer of high-performance mid-range multi-modal (2D/3D) facial recognition systems, is significantly growing its U.S. and international patent portfolio related to the use of Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) LiDAR technology for biometrics and other fields of uses such as self-driving cars.  With over 100 worldwide patents and patents pending, SVI announced today an issuance of eight (8) additional continuation patents to its arsenal.

The core of SVI’s intellectual properties (IP) surrounds its patented ability to instantaneously determine range and velocity of moving targets.  “This is of particular importance,” says Gregory Steinthal, Founder and President of SVI “in the detection of moving faces or objects and  critical information to eliminate all six degrees of freedom  associated with a moving target resulting in a static, rigid template required for proper 3D facial or object recognition.  The extensive patent portfolio that we have amassed has also created a significant value proposition in the self-driving car industry. This same technology is absolutely crucial to instantly recognize other vehicles or objects moving towards them allowing for faster and more accurate decision making efforts to avoid collisions.”

Conventional FMCW LiDAR systems are typically limited in various aspects of operation. For example, these conventional systems are not able to provide range and/or range rate information instantaneously based on the target signal or unambiguously determine distance and velocity. These conventional systems are limited in other ways as well. These limitations may be exacerbated by various operating conditions such as, for example, target acceleration toward or away from the LiDAR sensor that use mirrors or lens to scan the target at high speeds or other operating conditions.

Motion of the object toward or away from the FMCW LiDAR sensor, of course, Doppler-shifts the return signal.  SVI’s novel patented approach utilizes multiple beams of light from one or more laser sources to determine at least two independent motion aspects of the target. The beams of light are up-chirped and down-chirped respectively i.e. in a dual chirp fashion to remove the Doppler affect.  Solving these two or more simultaneous measurements allows for faster and more accurate instantaneous determination of range and velocity measurements versus the traditional sequential approach.

Further this approach removes certain temporal affects associated with single beam systems. This same technology can be utilized to remotely detect physiological functions such as breathing and heart rates as well as can be used for acoustic surveillance and fused with video to reduce computational overhead.

SVI’s technology and growing patent portfolio are becoming more well-known, especially to strategic corporate partners. SVI’s management team welcomes further discussions with major corporate strategic partners that are interested in either licensing SVI’s IP and/or assisting in SVI’s growth opportunities in fields of uses including: biometrics, autonomous vehicles, next-generation smartphone-based 3D facial/object recognition, robotics, metrology and more….

About SVI

SVI is a privately-held corporation based in Calabasas, California. At its core the Company designs, develops, markets and sells fixed and mobile facial recognition systems and services with deliverables primarily to the U.S. government. System solution hardware is fueled by powerful proprietary facial analytic algorithms enabling the identification of non-cooperative “persons-of-interest” under challenging uncontrolled environmental conditions with very high levels of accuracy at extended ranges operating indoors, outdoors, daytime and nighttime.  Additional information about SVI can be found at www.stereovisioninc.com

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SVI Tech Demo with the Army National Guard

SVI Tech Demo with the Army National Guard

SVI provided a technology demonstration at the Army National Guard Emergency Preparedness Health and Safety EXPO today. The demonstration took place indoors at the National Guard Readiness Center, Arlington, Virginia. Highlighted was SVI’s CES-S400 LiDAR Based 3-D facial recognition technology . Over the six-hour period, the sensor captured/identified more than 1,800 faces at extreme high performance. SVI was able to clearly demonstrate how its CES-S400 technology, applicable in addressing various access control requirements, can detect and can properly identify faces walking and up to running towards the LiDAR sensor even when wearing dark sunglasses and hats.

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SVI Participates in Thailand’s Ministry of Defense Crimson Viper Event

SVI Participates in Thailand’s Ministry of Defense Crimson Viper Event

SVI participated in the Crimson Viper Field Experiment, conducted annually in Thailand by the Royal Thai Ministry of Defense (MOD) Defense Science and Technology Department (DSTD), and the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command Science and Technology Office (USPACOM J85). Crimson Viper is a technology experimentation venue that promotes Science & Technology collaboration and is a means of obtaining operational feedback for technology development. Several U.S vendors offering latest technologies addressing Thailand’s concerns with their on-going southern border crossing issues were invited to participate in the event.

SVI operationally demonstrated their fixed sensor LiDAR based 3D facial recognition technology to both Thailand’s MoD and Thai military both indoors and outdoors as well as SVI’s hand-held facial recognition binocular technology with identification ranges up to 200 meters under real world uncontrolled environmental conditions.

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SVI Invited to Participate in Thailand’s Crimson Viper Event

SVI Invited to Participate in Thailand’s Crimson Viper Event

The Crimson Viper Field Experiment is conducted annually between the Royal Thai Ministry of Defence (MOD) Defence Science and Technology Department (DSTD) and US Pacific Command Science and Technology Office (USPACOM J85). Crimson Viper is executed under the of the Thai-American Consultations (TAC) Joint Statement.

SVI, with special invite from the U.S. Central Command, will participate in this high profile event this summer held outside Bangkok demonstrating its latest LiDAR (fixed sensor) and visible (mobile)-based 3D facial recognition technology to potentially support Thai military border security efforts. For more information please inquire at: info@stereovisioninc.com

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SVI Acquires Digital Signal Corporation

SVI Acquires Digital Signal Corporation

SVI, a global leader of man-portable mid-range 3D facial recognition systems, announced that it has closed on a financing package with a leading provider of structured debt products to technology and life science companies. This deal represents a major step in SVI’s effort to accelerate and diversify its current product slate, through a major acquisition and an injection of working capital.

A portion of the financing will be used by SVI to acquire the assets of Digital Signal Corporation, a leading developer of LiDAR-based facial recognition technology. “We are thrilled to have access to Digital Signal’s ground-breaking LiDAR technology which will enable us to expand our Identity Intelligence solutions for law enforcement, homeland security, military and other public safety applications,” said Greg Steinthal, Founder and President of SVI. “The LiDAR-based 3D facial recognition technology which we have acquired from Digital Signal provides extremely accurate, real time facial recognition, capable of identifying non-cooperative individuals or ‘faces-in-a-crowd’ at extended ranges.” This capability will complement SVI’s hand-held 3D Facial Recognition Binocular System (FRBS), which is currently being delivered to the U.S. Army under a sole-source contract.

Digital Signal Corporation has been a leader in human identification technology, having developed revolutionary facial intelligence solutions, incorporating LiDAR-based sensors, proprietary software and systems, which provide full-cycle Identity Intelligence, including enrollment, monitoring and identity analytics.

Through this acquisition SVI is acquiring a significant portfolio of over 100 U.S. and International patents and patents pending related to the use of FMCW LiDAR technology for 3D facial recognition and other potential applications.

About SVI
SVI is a privately-held corporation based in Calabasas, California. The Company has developed and deployed with the U.S. Military a revolutionary mid-range, hand-held 3D facial recognition technology that integrates traditional binocular optics with proprietary image enhancement facial analytic algorithms. This technology enables the identification of non-cooperative “persons-of-interest” under challenging uncontrolled environmental conditions with very high levels of accuracy. Additional information about SVI can be found at svisite.com.