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Sightline, Western join forces for special SAR project

November 15, 2012  By Carey Fredericks

Nov. 15, 2012, Toronto - Sightline Innovation Inc. today announced the SAR2 research project with the Department of Engineering at the University of Western Ontario.

SAR2 aims to develop a low cost radar sensor specifically designed
for the unique challenges of Search and Rescue, with broad aircraft
mounting compatibilities including UAS/UAV, civilian, and military SaR
(Search & Rescue) aircraft. Sightline Innovation and the University
of Western Ontario believe SAR2 can build on Canada's leadership in
Space-based Synthetic Aperture Radar from its RADARSAT-2 and future
RADARSAT Constellation satellites, which deliver enhanced geographical

Dr. Jagath Samarabandu of the University of Western
Ontario's Department of Engineering said "We are excited to partner with
Sightline Innovation on this project. We are beginning to push the
boundary in this space with several innovative concepts in developing
low cost RADAR systems and are confident that Sightline is the right
partner to commercialize these ideas."

When integrated into the
SaRASA product from Sightline Innovation's VtiSystems subsidiary, SAR2
will allow users to process, analyze, and distribute, real-time sensor
information across secure mobile devices. SAR2 is an abbreviation for
Search and Rescue Synthetic Aperture Radar.

"SAR2's success will
enable Synthetic Aperture Radar sensors to be mounted on a wider
distribution of aircraft, due to significant cost-reduction compared to
what is on the market today," said Wallace Trenholm, CEO of Sightline



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