MAY 29--Control Systems Research Inc. (CSR; Crestview, FL; www.csr-fl.com) has developed a new capability for engineers and scientists to acquire, calibrate, process, and analyze data from various digital infrared camera systems--RTools2000. The RTools2000 toolkit is comprised of several stand-alone modules: RDac2000 for camera acquisition, RCal2000 for IR camera calibration, REdit2000 for file archival and maintenance, and RView2000 for data review and analysis. The toolkit was built by CSR around a core software suite, AAPRAn, developed by the Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC; Arnold AFB, TN). Key modules of AAPRAn were transferred last year to CSR for commercialization under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement with AEDC.
Brian Cromwell, vice president of CSR's Applied Technology Division, stated, "The focus of the radiometric software toolkit is to provide the IR camera user with the ability to easily and efficiently acquire, calibrate, and analyze IR camera data "in-house." Currently, most IR camera users are forced to return their system to the manufacturer for recalibration. Our toolkit provides the user with a variety of conventional and custom radiometric-calibration methods used in conjunction with a calibrated infrared source to increase radiometric data quality. With the RTools2000 powerful user interface, radiometric data reduction time is drastically reduced."
In addition to its radiometric capability, this toolkit provides file compatibility for the popular standard archive file format specifically developed by the US Air Force for radiometric instrumentation. "Finally, IR camera users can distribute data more freely without the need for third-party file converters," says Cromwell.
Currently, CSR is expanding RTools2000 and RSys2000 to accommodate infrared spectrometer, FTIR interferometer, and hyperspectral imager systems. Said Cromwell, "The radiometric measurement community has long been in need of a commercial off-the-shelf software toolkit with a single user interface and common file formats for multiple radiometric instrument types. CSR will address those needs."