DUBLIN, Calif., August 29, 2022 — Lidar technology company AEye has partnered with digital systems integrator and data-driven artificial intelligence (AI) company Booz Allen Hamilton to produce and drive AEye’s technology for aerospace and defense (A&D) applications. With accelerated activity in these markets, the company also opened an office in the “Space Coast” region of Florida, hiring veteran defense systems leader, Steve Frey, a Lockheed Martin and L3Harris Technologies alum, as vice president. president of business development for A&D.
“Aerospace and defense applications need to be able to see, classify and respond to an object in real time, at high speeds and over long distances. AEye’s 4Sight software-definable lidar system, with its adaptive sensor-based operating system, uniquely meets these challenging requirements,” said Blair LaCorte, CEO of AEye. “We are working with Booz Allen Hamilton to optimize the real-time embedded processor perception stack. This aligns with Booz Allen’s digital battlespace vision for an information-driven, fully integrated conflict space spanning all domains of warfare, enabled by technology such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), and edge computing to realize information superiority and overmatch. to achieve .”
Booz Allen has developed a client toolkit for assessing the performance of ML and AI, merging data from multiple sensors – including lidar, camera and radar – and virtualizing sensing data for optimized mapping on embedded processors to provide situational awareness for the military support. This toolkit accelerates the time-to-market of AEye’s 4Sight Intelligent Sensing Platform in the A&D markets.
AEye’s 4Sight sensors make detections at a great distance, more than 1 km. They’re flexible enough to track a bullet at 25,000 frames per second, and they can either signal from other sensors or self-cue, then adapt to place high-density areas around targets. These capabilities, enabled by 4Sight’s in-sensor perception, greatly increase the usefulness of AI and ML for defense applications and ultimately save lives, the company said.
In addition to defense, AEye said it plans to leverage the perception stack enhancements being developed in partnership with Booz Allen across a variety of edge computing environments with its automotive and industrial customer base.
Steve Frey has over 35 years of experience in optics, photonics, systems engineering and technical team leadership. He spent most of his career at Lockheed Martin, where as director of applied research he designed the development of advanced IR imaging systems, laser systems, missiles, advanced target algorithms and other mission-critical defense projects and later oversaw as director of applied research.
At Lockheed, Frey worked with AEye founder Luis Dussan to develop advanced defense technology, including remote sensing with lasers and photonics, and ensure that technology is usable on the battlefield.
The opening of AEye’s Florida office follows the company’s earlier expansion into Europe, Japan and Korea.