AnsuR helps users communicate high precision visual content using a minimum of bandwidth. Full precision sensor data for content with operational effect can be achieved at more than 99% savings. Improved visual data can help people better understand complex situations during critical situations where rapid decisions may save lives, costs or protect our society.
AnsuR was started in Oslo, Norway, 2005, by Dr. Harald Skinnemoen, out of a desire to create groundbreaking communication solutions for real-world challenges applied to meaningful situations based on amazing technologies we know well, and love to work with. The technologies involve photos, video, information theory and critical communications, radio systems, networking, space (satcom, navigation, earth observation) and software development.
Critical communication systems need to work under critical conditions anywhere and anytime, and whether basing operational communication on mobile satellites, private radio networks or commercial cellular networks, or a combination of several, network capacity and communication bandwidth commonly turn out to be fundamental challenges. Even the most modern cell-phone networks have areas less well covered in a global perspective, and can be affected by natural or man-made incidents, in which cases often the demand for capacity increases. Not to mention communication at sea, or from the air, where both are encompassing unmanned surface or aerial vehicles that often carry cameras. While incredible achievements allows many of us to access high speed wireless cellular networks on a day to day basis, critical use cases and mission-critical networks are commonly not sitting idle with high bandwidth just in case they are needed. Mobile satellite communication systems, able to communicate with small, portable devices anywhere and anytime have a limited spectrum allocation, satellites have a lifetime of 15-20 years, and planning and procuring and launching a new system can take more than half a decade. Mission-critical TETRA networks used world-wide in over 100 countries have data rates associated with a voice only service, with the modern Norwegian network having maximum capacity of 80 kbps; similar to the GPRS service in 2G cellular networks. Bottom line: When the data is important for operations, then one cannot limit operations to optimal network conditions.
isual situational awareness requires communication of visual content from camera sensors. Often high precision is required and, and it may be required fast. Since digital cameras gained popularity, the camera sensors resolution have increased dramatically, and so has photo file sizes and video communications bandwidth requirements. By 2016, there are commercially available 50 Mpixel photo cameras, and 8k video (16 times larger than HD, with every still frame having 33 mpixels.).
There are fundamental challenges in communicating critical visual content in high precision over potentially slow networks, yet this is potentially when the impact of having eyes on a situation may make a difference.
AnsuR is solving the challenges of high-resolution audio and visual communication over unknown, bandwidth-limited networks, in order to let our users better see what is happening in remote location in situations where it matters.
Solving these challenges offers substantial benefits even for more regular networks too, as one instead of merely “uploading compressed pixels”, users can communicate in real operational time with visual content. Observers and decision-makers can interact.
AnsuR can make a difference by offering a substantially improved visual basis for critical decision, potentially helping to save lives in crisis management and protect people from natural and man-made disasters. It can help police and defense protect our society, allow visual communication from air and sea and let users feel safe that the system always is able to operate.
Combined with satellite navigation we allow users to place their observations in maps in real time, forming an operational picture. And combined with earth observation from satellites, we can provide in-situ observations, even from volunteers using just an app, but a fraction of normal bandwidth.