COTS fusion tracker evaluation
February 15, 2002
Lincoln Laboratory was tasked by the FAA to measure the performance of a representative sample of current commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) fusion trackers. This effort included cataloging the companies that have available ATC fusion trackers, acquiring executable tracker images from as many as possible of these trackers, running the commercial tracker code on the test sets, and evaluating the performance achieved. This report presents an overall review of the state-of-the-art of fusion tracker as applied to the FAA surveillance problem. Average statistics of performance, as well as performance in special situations, are included. In each case, the performance of fusion is compared against the performance of single sensor and mosaic tracking. Thus, the advantages and disadvantages of fusion will be evident. The statistics may also permit the generation of a fusion tracker specification should the FAA decide to procure one as part of a future automation system.