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1. WO2006102371 - IMAGING DEVICE ASSEMBLY

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1. An imaging device mounting assembly (10), comprising:
an outer housing (110);
an imaging device (20, 22 620, 630) enclosed within the outer housing; and
means for mounting the imaging device within the outer housing such that the mounting assembly is adapted to meet MIL-S-901D (NAVY).

2. The imaging device mounting assembly (10) as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, wherein the imaging device mounting assembly (10) is constructed and arranged to meet MIL-S-901D (NAVY) Lightweight category.

3. The imaging device mounting assembly (10) as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, wherein the imaging device mounting assembly (10) is constructed and arranged to meet Grade A of MIL-S-901D (NAVY) Lightweight category.

4. The imaging device mounting assembly (10) as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, wherein the means for mounting the imaging device within the outer housing comprises a resilient material (130, 131) interfaced between the outer housing (110) and the imaging device (20, 22 620, 630), where the resilient material is arranged with respect to the outer housing and the imaging device in a manner that at least partially dampens movement to minimize any resulting damage to the imaging device.

5. The imaging device mounting assembly (10) as claimed in claim 4, further comprising a sub-assembly (122) for securing the imaging device thereto, wherein the sub-assembly is enclosed within the outer housing (110), and wherein the resilient material (130, 131) is interfaced between the outer housing and the sub-assembly where the resilient material is arranged with respect to the outer housing and the sub-assembly in a manner that at least partially dampens movement to minimize any resulting damage to the imaging device.

6. The imaging device mounting assembly (10) as claimed in claim 5, wherein the sub-assembly (122) for securing the imaging device thereto includes an imaging device mounting board (120).

7. The imaging device mounting assembly (10) as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, wherein said means for mounting comprises an outer housing (110) formed of aluminum.

8. The imaging device mounting assembly (10) as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, wherein the outer housing (110) comprises a wall having a thickness of approximately between 1/8 inch — 3/16 inch.

9. The imaging device mounting assembly (10) as claimed in any one of preceding claims, further comprising:
a cantilever arm sub-assembly (200) rotatably connected to the outer housing

(110), wherein the cantilever arm sub-assembly is constructed and arranged to provide the imaging device with tilting capabilities.

10. The imaging device mounting assembly (10) as claimed in claim 9, wherein the cantilever arm sub-assembly (200) is adapted to tilt the imaging device continuously.

11. The imaging device mounting assembly as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, further comprising:
a base sub-assembly (300) operatively connected to the outer housing, wherein the base sub-assembly is constructed and arranged to provide the imaging device with panning capabilities.

12. The imaging device mounting assembly (10) as claimed in claim 11, wherein the base sub-assembly (300) is adapted to pan the imaging device continuously.

13. The imaging device mounting assembly (10) as claimed in any one of the claims 1-8, further comprising:
a cantilever arm sub-assembly (200) rotatably connected to the imaging device head sub-assembly, wherein the cantilever arm sub-assembly is constructed and arranged to provide the imaging device with tilting capabilities;
a base sub-assembly (300) operatively connected to the imaging device head sub-assembly, wherein the base sub-assembly is constructed and arranged to provide the imaging device with panning capabilities;
wherein the imaging device mounting assembly is sealed to be water resistant, such that the mounting assembly is submersible under up to 2 meters of water for a duration of time between at least 2 hours and up to 78 hours, without affecting the functionality of the imaging device within the outer housing.

14. The imaging device mounting assembly (10) as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, wherein the outer housing (110) is sealed to be water resistant, such that the mounting assembly is submersible under up to 2 meters of water for a duration of time between at least 2 hours and up to 78 hours, without affecting the functionality of the imaging device within the outer housing.

15. The imaging device mounting assembly (10) as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, further comprising a heater (186) to control the temperature of the imaging device.

16. The imaging device mounting assembly (10) as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, wherein at least portions of the outer housing and the sub-assembly include RFI shielding.

17. The imaging device mounting assembly (10) as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, wherein at least a portion of the imaging device mounting assembly is dry nitrogen charged.

18. The imaging device mounting assembly (10) as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, wherein the imaging device (20, 22 620, 630) includes a night vision camera.

19. The imaging device mounting assembly (10) as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, wherein the imaging device (20, 22 620, 630) includes a day vision camera.

20. The imaging device mounting assembly (10) as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, wherein the imaging device (20, 22 620, 630) includes a wide angle camera.

21. The imaging device mounting assembly (10) as claimed in claim 20, wherein the imaging device (20, 22 620, 630) includes a telephoto camera.

22. The imaging device mounting assembly (10) as claimed in claim 21, wherein the wide angle camera and the telephoto camera are sighted together.

23. The imaging device mounting assembly (10) as claimed in claim 22, wherein the wide angle camera and the telephoto camera are mounted on a pan and tilt mechanism (200, 300) operatively connected with the mounting assembly (10).

24. The imaging device mounting assembly (10) as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, wherein the mounting assembly weighs less than 10 pounds.

25. The imaging device mounting assembly (10) as claimed in any one of the preceding claims, further comprising:
a portable imaging sub-assembly (500) adapted to mount the imaging device mounting assembly (10), the portable imaging sub-assembly is adapted to be deployable into a remote location, the portable imaging sub-assembly being adapted to transmit data received from the imaging device (20, 22 620, 630) at the remote location to a second location.