APGS : Asio Payload Ground station

The APGS is the dedicated ASIO ground station. APGS controls the ASIO gimbal functions (direction, video tracking, geo tracking, detection and object tracking, EO/IR fusion) during the mission or for the post-mission replay.


The APGS is composed of a rugged computer specially designed for field use and an optional joystick.

APGS joystick (optional)

Video, métadata and map

The APGS simultaneously displays the video and the map and show :

  • Stanag 4609 from ASIO :
    • UAV roll, pitch and heading
    • UAV GPS position on the map
    • Gimbal elevation and azimuth
    • Camera zoom
UAV metadata
  • From elevation informations :
    • The camera coverage area on the map
    • The image center on the map
    • The target position on the map
APGS mapping

Mission functions

The APGS provides :

  • Noteworthy points alignment ( align map points with video points) to enhance map positionning accuracy
  • Image snapshot capture with metadata
  • Stanag4609 format video recording
  • Stanag4609 format video streaming

The APGS settings are easy to control via a simple web interface. :

Settings web interface


The super-resolution improves the video quality by reducing the noise and by locally accentuating contrast. The following video shows the significant contribution of the super-resolution:

Zoom IR

Much more than a simple digital zoom, the APGS IR zoom provides a high-definition IR image.

Fusion EO/IR

The APGS provides various user-selectable and configurable fusion modes. The rendered image wisely superimposed the two sensor images and provide:

  • A better target detection (a thermal shape of a person hide behind a bushy tree)
  • Reconnaissance and identification (thermal signature)
  • More informations (cold or warm engine) by keeping a clear global image thanks to the EO quality image


Automatic scanning area

The operator chooses how the UAV will automatically scan the area of interest.

Mission replay

Afetr the mission, the operator can replay the image, every real-time functions are avalaibles in replay mode.