New Abaco Systems ImageFlex

Image processing software to speed development of autonomous vehicles introduced by Abaco

Abaco Systems in Huntsville, Ala., is introducing release 2.0 of its flexible ImageFlex image processing and visualization software toolkit, which provides an easy-to-use API framework to considerably speed and simplify the development, optimization and maintenance of advanced artificial intelligence (AI) applications -- especially those targeted at autonomous vehicles.

ImageFlex enables developers of image and video processing and visualization applications on graphics processing units (GPUs) to be substantially more productive by hiding the complexity of the underlying software layers, while maintaining high performance.

 By providing an OpenGL abstraction layer it can reduce the number of lines of code required by a factor of five, radically reducing the effort and time needed in order to create, test and maintain the application. This means faster time-to-market as well as lower development cost.

ImageFlex is complementary to Abaco's NVIDIA GPU-based GVC1000 and GVC2000 hardware platforms, which use the NVIDIA Jetson supercomputer on a module for AI computing at the edge. This allows the creation of complete solutions for Degraded Visual Environment (DVE), 360-degree situational awareness, helmet mount sight processing, target identification and tracking and other EO/IR processing applications. It is portable across a range of graphics processing architectures and operating systems, and is potentially safety certifiable.

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The ImageFlex API provides functions for a range of image processing operations from simple image transformations through to more complex lens distortion correction and image morphing.

It includes optimized, high quality image fusion, stabilization, tracking and distortion correction algorithms, as well as a comprehensive set of reference application examples that provide core software building blocks. ImageFlex also provides tools and reference examples demonstrating how to integrate with sensors and deploy artificial intelligence-based applications such as object detection and recognition.

 In addition, ImageFlex provides an innovative, high performance image fusion function that can fuse image data from multiple sources of different resolutions. The algorithm adaptively adjusts to pull through the regions of highest contrast in each source to a produce a fused result, enabling an observer or processing stage to act on the combined information of the sources.