This document defines a set of standard application layer interfaces called JAUS Environment Sensing Services. JAUS Services provide the means for software entities in an unmanned system or system of unmanned systems to communicate and coordinate their activities. The Environment Sensing Services represent typical environment sensing capabilities commonly found across all domains and types of unmanned systems in a platform-independent manner. At present, five services are defined in this document:
Range Sensor: Determine the proximity of objects in the platform’s environment
Visual Sensor: Provides common configuration and setup for different types of imaging systems
Digital Video: A type of Visual Sensor that manages digital video
Analog Video: A type of Visual Sensor that manages analog video
Still Image: A type of Visual Sensor that manages and encodes individual digital images
Each service is described by a JAUS Service Definition (JSD) which specifies the message set and protocol required for compliance. Each JSD is fully compliant with the JAUS Service Interface Definition Language [AS5684].
This document, the Joint Architecture for Unmanned Systems (JAUS) Environment Sensing Service Set (AS6060), defines a message-passing interface for commonly used sensors found in unmanned systems. These services represent the platform-independent sensor capabilities common across all vehicle types. Additional capabilities are specified in the JAUS Core Service Set [AS5710A] and are frequently referenced herein.
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