In MINTS we use a suite of technologies to address a variety of applications. These technologies address how we identify suitable targets for observation, what sensors we use, what platforms the sensors are on, and what methodology is used to provide situational awareness.


MINTS typically uses a suite of sensors simultaneously and exploit the synergies that exist between them. This integration also extends to smart and autonomous targeting. The existing sensors we use include:

  • 3D terrestrial laser scanners
  • GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite Systems)
  • Airborne laser scanners
  • IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit)
  • Cameras (Visible, hyperspectral 400-1000 nm and thermal)
  • Robotic Photo Stations
  • Atmospheric composition, both in-situ and remote sensing
  • Satellite altimeters
  • Satellite gravimetry
  • Satellite Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR)

The control and positioning of the platform and sensor orientation is a crucial part of intelligent sensing. MINTS aims at optimizing the integration of all available control and positioning information to achieve the highest level of accuracy.


In identifying observation targets and models we extensively use optimization for target sequence and priority and sensor orientation. The extensive use of state of the art control systems to provide autonomy provides improved relevance, sensitivity and resolution for the delivered data products.


MINTS employs a wide range of mobile or fixed platforms including:

  • Robotic helicopters and airplanes
  • Terrestrial and mobile stations
  • Satellites
  • Car
  • Boat
  • Blimp

The platform is carefully selected to meet the required specification for every application considering the available payload and desired sensor suite.


For sensor control and positioning we exploit multi-sensor and theoretical information. This information comes from the situational awareness provided by vision based systems, IMU, GPS, remote sensing and theoretical models.