Embedded computer systems vendor Radstone Technology is to acquire Octec, a privately held UK company that designs and markets rugged, real time, image processing and video tracking equipment to defense and aerospace customers.
Based in Bracknell in the UK, Octec designs and manufactures rugged, real-time video tracking and image processing subsystems.
The company’s range of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) image processors and video trackers are integrated into electro-optical systems that operate in the full range of defense and aerospace environments including air-to-ground, ground-to-ground and naval applications.
Computer controlled video target acquisition and tracking is also one of the key technologies enabling the shift by the military to ‘network-centric’ warfare – and the increasing use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) that require intelligent and powerful video trackers to provide scene and target detection and tracking.
Octec’s core competency in image processing and video tracking software and algorithms complements Radstone’s computer hardware and subsystem expertise.
The acquisition will enable Radstone to supply a wider range of system solutions, including application software as well as hardware and operating systems, without competing with the full system offering of its customers.