AMFIS - Reconnaissance with mobile and stationary sensors in a network

Deployment of groups of heterogeneous sensors and mobile systems

AMFIS control station
AMFIS control station
Mobile control station.
Mobile control station.
Simulation of a UAV mission during a fire
Simulation of a UAV mission during a fire


Complex reconnaissance and surveillance tasks often cannot be solved with stationary sensors alone or with just one mobile sensor carrier (e.g., a drone). If several mobile systems are used simultaneously in a scenario, conventional individual applications quickly reach their limits. On the one hand, each mobile system requires its own monitoring, control and appropriately trained operators; on the other hand, it is difficult to link the sensor and status data of the individual systems and evaluate or archive them synchronously.


To solve such problems, Fraunhofer IOSB developed the integration platform AMFIS, which can manage groups of heterogeneous mobile systems and quickly provide a comprehensive situation picture in a complex environment using multiple stationary and mobile sensors. By means of the generic control station of AMFIS, various air, land and water vehicles (sensor carriers), as well as stationary ad-hoc sensor networks and heterogeneous sensors can be uniformly controlled and coordinated.

Due to the generic approach, the system is multi-sensor capable and can be equipped with electro-optical or thermal imaging cameras, with motion detectors, acoustic, chemical, radio or radiation sensors, etc., depending on the mission objective. It does not matter whether the sensors are mounted on mobile sensor carriers or installed stationary. AMFIS has a modular design and can be scaled as required and adapted to application-specific requirements by selecting suitable modules or integrating new ones.

Open interfaces, based on standards, ensure that further system types are interoperable and easy to integrate, and that the collected data can be delivered to command or evaluation systems in real time (even while the mobile systems are in motion).

The simulation of scenarios with AMFIS is integrated into the AMFIS control station in such a way that, in terms of control technology, there is no difference between real and simulated sensors and sensor carriers - they are seamlessly interchangeable.

This enables the:

  • Visualization and simulation of scenarios
  • Education and training of personnel
  • Exploration of different sensors and sensor carriers
  • Sensor deployment planning 

  • Automated planning and execution of even complex reconnaissance and surveillance missions
  • Mission-based automated control of multiple systems with rule-based responses and using AI
  • Simple unified tasking and control (card-based or direct)
  • Message generation; archiving, filtering, and on-demand interoperable distribution of acquired data and information
  • Support of different sensors, sensor carrier platforms (UAV, UGV, AUV, ...) and information systems/standards (e.g. STANAGs)
  • Easy connection to existing surveillance systems and mission control centers
  • Support of real and simulated sensors and sensor carriers

  • Reconnaissance and monitoring of properties and areas
  • Rapid reconnaissance of major incidents
  • Mass events
  • Search for persons
  • Traffic monitoring
  • Data archiving for preservation of evidence 

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