Articles by Logan Harris
The use of drones has increased dramatically in the last few years. Indeed, by 2021, the FAA says the number of small hobbyist drones in the U.S. will triple to about 3.55 million. With that growth, drone capabilities have increased while costs have decreased. For example, the DJI Phantom 4 can deliver a 2-pound payload to a target with 1.5m accuracy from 20 miles away for the less than $1000.00. This is an unprecedented capability accessible to anyone. This new technology has created an entirely new security risk for businesses and governments. Drone security risks Already, rogue groups such as ISIS have used low cost drones to carry explosives in targeted attacks. Using this same method, targeting high profile locations within our borders to create terror and panic is very possible. Security professionals and technologists are working furiously to address the gaps in drone defence. Currently, the most common technologies in use for drone detection are video, acoustic sensors, radio, and air surveillance radar. Each of these has advantages, but they also have flaws that make it difficult to detect drones in all conditions. Both optical and thermal cameras, as well as acoustic sensors, do not operate in severe weather such as fog and snow. And while radio and air surveillance radar cover a wide area of detection, they suffer from high installation costs and limiting technical challenges, such as being unable to detect low flying drones on autopilot. Compact Surveillance Radar (CSR) Compact Surveillance Radar (CSR) is a security technology addressing the problems with other types of detection. CSR, like traditional radar, has the benefit of being able to detect and track foreign objects in all weather conditions, but at a fraction of the size and cost. The compact size allows the radar to be mounted on existing structures or even trees, providing extensive perimeter defence almost anywhere that you can imagine. CSR can also filter out clutter such as birds by using an advanced algorithm reducing the number of false alarms. While the use of CSR and the other detection technologies are legal in the US and in most locations throughout the world, the response mechanisms are generally not. Current regulations in the US prohibit the use of jamming or GPS spoofing in all cases except for a few federal agencies Regulations limiting drones Current regulations in the US prohibit the use of jamming or GPS spoofing in all cases except for a few federal agencies. This makes it difficult to stop the damage that drones can cause. The FAA has put into place new regulations that limit some uses of drones. However, in most cases it is still illegal for even state or local governments to stop or interfere with drones other than to locate the operator and have them land the drone. In 2016 the first law to neutralise a drone in the United States was passed in Utah to respond to drones in wildfire areas because of their interference with airborne firefighting. This law may very well provide a model for other states dealing with drones in situations where people’s lives are being put at risk by drones. At the federal level, much effort is being put into evaluating the regulations and technology surrounding the misuse of drones. In the 2016 reauthorisation bill for the FAA, Section 2135 included a pilot program for the investigation of methods to mitigate the threat of unmanned aircraft around airports and other critical infrastructure. There are many federal agencies that are evaluating the use of a variety of technologies to respond to this threat. Both optical and thermal cameras, as well as acoustic sensors, do not operate in severe weather such as fog and snow Effective countermeasure technologies The most effective countermeasure for drones is jamming, currently off-limits to the private sector. This includes stadiums, convention centres, and other large gathering areas. A number of companies are developing new response technologies that do not require the use of jammers or hacking. Several companies have developed net guns that shoot a net at an approaching drone. These are only effective at less than 100m and frequently miss the target, especially when the drone is approaching at high speed. Several other companies have taken this method a step further, with drones that capture other drones. Once a radar detects a drone, another defence drone is launched and flies to the point of detection. Then, using video analytics it homes in on the drone and fires a net to disable the drone and take it to a safe location. While this drone capturing technique is still in its infancy, it shows a great deal of promise and will not be restricted in the same fashion as jamming. However, even this solution is difficult under current regulations, as all commercial drones in the US must be under direct control of a human operator within their line of sight. This effectively means that a drone operator is required to be on-site at all times to protect a facility, event, or persons. One thing is for certain, technology will continue to adapt and security companies will continue to invent new methods to protect their facilities and the people they are sworn to protect.
Combining radio detection and ranging (RADAR) with thermal imaging technologies produces unparalleled monitoring coverage and perimeter protection for power plants and electrical substations. By integrating SpotterRF Compact Surveillance Radars (CSR) with FLIR PT-Series cameras, end users gain exceptional situational awareness, both inside the substation and beyond the fence line. This cost-effective solution requires substantially less infrastructure than other fence line detection systems and yields higher accuracy. Video surveillance of electrical substations There are over 55,000 electrical substations in the United States. These substations, along with power plants and transmission lines, provide power for millions of people. It is imperative that these locations remain secure from intrusion and sabotage. If just a handful of these substations were rendered inoperable, the U.S. could face a serious blackout. The 2013 sniper attack on PG&E Corporation’s Metcalf transmission substation, which knocked out several transformers and totaled over US$ 15 million in damages, was considered to be a catalyst for the Federal Energy Regulation Commission (FERC) establishing new security standards for utilities. Critical Infrastructure Protection Standard 014 One of the most notable policies introduced was the Critical Infrastructure Protection Standard 014 (CIP014) One of the most notable policies introduced was the Critical Infrastructure Protection Standard 014 (CIP014). This statute requires utilities to identify ‘mission critical’ facilities and assets, conduct a security inspection to identify threat, and implement a security system to address those risks. In response to security incidents such as Metcalf and other FERC activities, a large electrical utility with hundreds of substations across the country, looked to expand security beyond its fence line. Enhanced perimeter protection solutions The end user wanted to enhance and possibly replace traditional fence protection systems, including fibre optics, microwave barriers, and video analytics as these systems all proved to be costly, as well as time and labour intensive. In the end, the utility company relied on VTI Security for a recommendation. VTI Security, based in Burnsville, Minnesota, is an industry-renowned integrator that has been servicing security needs in the commercial, utility and oil and gas sectors for over 35 years. To determine the best system for its end user, VTI reviewed six different technologies, including some with multiple vendors of various solutions. Cost-effective total surveillance solution VTI also tested systems in in field deployments and conducted a cost analysis. The integrator concluded that SpotterRF’s product was superior to all others and selected it as its sole radar standard for perimeter solutions. “Our findings were that SpotterRF not only provided the most comprehensive detection in a substation environment, but SpotterRF was also by far the most cost-effective total solution based on the ability to mount equipment on existing structures,” said Jerry Klapak, Senior Account Manager for VTI Security. SpotterRF Compact Surveillance Radar system CSRs enable security monitors to never be blind, providing 100% coverage, 24/7, in all weather conditions SpotterRF, based in Orem-Utah, provides perimeter protection through its patented Compact Surveillance Radar (CSR) systems, which provide up to 300 acres of radar tracking power in a hand held, four-pound device. The CSRs enable security monitors to never be blind, providing 100 percent coverage, 24 hours a day, in all weather conditions. They are designed to detect threats up to 3300 feet beyond the fence line and provide early warnings to staff before situations escalate. FLIR PT-Series cameras Upon selecting a radar system, VTI needed a video manufacturer to supply cameras to deploy with the radar. In 2015, the integrator approached the globally renowned thermal imaging and perimeter security solutions expert, FLIR Systems, for a solution. FLIR’s PT-Series was selected for the project. “The ability for FLIR’s products to perform beyond published performance specifications was a surprise we don’t often see,” said Klapak, added “Each product exceeded published performance metrics on our field testing and actual deployments.” The PT-Series is FLIR’s offering of high performance, multi-sensor pan/tilt dual cameras that feature both thermal and visible-light imaging. The system is known for providing the highest precision. The pan/tilt mechanism gives end users accurate pointing control, while providing fully programmable scan patterns, as well as radar slew-to-cue and slew-to-alarm functions. Seamless integration With the radar and thermal technologies selected, VTI worked to ensure seamless integration and performance between the systems. “We worked with each company’s support and development teams as well as the VMS manufacturer to ensure the technologies not only worked with one another, but also met the client’s needs for bandwidth consumption and VMS interface and display,” said Klapak. Maximum coverage and perimeter security SpotterRF C20 and C40 radars and FLIR PT-Series cameras deliver maximum coverage and perimeter protection Together, SpotterRF C20 and C40 radars and FLIR PT-Series cameras deliver maximum coverage and perimeter protection. “The FLIR PT-Series, when deployed with SpotterRF, can cover a wide area of substation footprint. It is a cost-effective solution for substations needing to monitor the perimeter as well as inside the yard,” said Michael Chaffee, Director of Business Development at FLIR Systems, adding “The speed at which the FLIR PT-Series slews to the cue of the SpotterRF detection is impressive.” Effective intrusion detection solution When someone walks into the field of view of SpotterRF’s C20 or C40 radar, the radio waves bounce off the person and back to the radar, which then calculates the precise GPS location of the target and target size. The radars then tell the FLIR PT-Series camera to zoom to that location. The camera automatically stays on the target, moving with and tracking it. Because the radars control the cameras, the cameras only move upon detection, which significantly extends the shelf life of the cameras and allows them to last for years without replacement. Technology impact This FLIR and SpotterRF solution addresses an important pain point for the perimeter security and intrusion detection market. “In the past, utilities tried to use video analytics to find targets. Because these systems were outdoors, a number of environmental factors affected performance, including weather, lighting and moving trees,” said Logan Harris, CEO of SpotterRF, adding “However, by combining our radar with FLIR’s pan tilt thermal cameras, you will be able to solve this problem.” Radar technology and thermal imaging integration Logan adds, “Together, SpotterRF’s radar technology and FLIR’s thermal imaging are able to locate a person in a 15 or 100 acre space, see hundreds of yards beyond the fence line, cue the camera, and alert the personnel all without the help of an operator.” In the past, only military organisations could access this level of advanced technology. Now, the FLIR and SpotterRF solution makes this security capability accessible and affordable for critical infrastructure, power distribution and commercial applications. High-level security for critical sites Our client is very pleased with the ability of the technologies to provide security for their critical sites" “Our client is very pleased with the ability of the technologies to provide security for their critical sites. One surprising benefit was the ability to use both the thermal cameras and radars for additional security and production uses.” said Klapak. He adds, “They now use the radars to activate security lighting based on motion within and outside the fences. This provides not only a green approach to security by lowering energy costs but also improves customer relations by reducing light pollution in residential neighbourhoods.” Minimal installation time The entire team was also impressed by the solution’s minimal installation time. Unlike deploying fibre optic cables on fence lines, which requires months for digging trenches, the FLIR and SpotterRF solution allows one to mount the radars and cameras on control shacks and lattice poles. This process only requires a week for installation. “The deployment occurred 4x faster than was anticipated,” said Harris, adding “VTI installed the systems at 25-30 sites in just three months.” Phased deployment VTI began installation in 2016 with plans to roll out the solution in a phased approach as part of a multi-year plan. Approximately 50- 75 sites will deploy the solution. On average, each substation has two FLIR PT-Series cameras and four SpotterRF radars (two per camera). Some of VTI’s other clients are also expected to deploy the same solution at 10-20 sites over the next few years based on the success VTI has proven in the utility environment.
SourceSecurity.com’s most trafficked articles in 2017 reflected changing trends in the market, from facial detection to drones, from deep learning to body worn cameras. Again in 2017, the most well-trafficked articles posted at SourceSecurity.com tended to be those that addressed timely and important issues in the security marketplace. In the world of digital publishing, it’s easy to know what content resonates with the market: Our readers tell us with their actions; i.e., where they click. Let’s look back at the Top 10 articles posted at SourceSecurity.com in 2017 that generated the most page views. They are listed in order here with the author’s name and a brief excerpt. MOBOTIX is increasingly positioning itself as a specialist in high-quality IP surveillance software 1. MOBOTIX Aims High with Cybersecurity and Customer-Focused Solutions [Jeannie Corfield] With a new CEO and Konica Minolta on board, MOBOTIX is set for expansion on a global scale. But how much growth can we expect for a company like MOBOTIX in an increasingly commoditised surveillance market, where many of the larger players compete on price as a key differentiator? While MOBOTIX respects those players, the German manufacturer wants to tell a different story. Rather than competing as a camera hardware manufacturer, MOBOTIX is increasingly positioning itself as a specialist in high-quality IP surveillance software – camera units are just one part of an intelligent system. When MOBOTIX succeeds in telling this story, partners understand that it’s not about the price. 2. ‘Anti-Surveillance Clothing’ Creates a New Wrinkle in Facial Detection [Larry Anderson] The latest challenge to facial recognition technology is “anti-surveillance clothing,” aimed at confusing facial recognition algorithms as a way of preserving “privacy.” The clothing, covered with ghostly face-like designs to specifically trigger face-detection algorithms, are a backlash against the looming possibility of facial recognition being used in retail environments and for other commercial purposes. 3. Drone Terror: How to Protect Facilities and People [Logan Harris] Already, rogue groups such as ISIS have used low cost drones to carry explosives in targeted attacks. Using this same method, targeting high profile locations to create terror and panic is very possible. Security professionals and technologists are working furiously to address the gaps in drone defence. Compact Surveillance Radar (CSR) is a security technology addressing the problems with other types of detection. CSR, like traditional radar, has the benefit of being able to detect and track foreign objects in all weather conditions, but at a fraction of the size and cost. The last couple of years have seen a tremendous surge in research and advances surrounding a branch of Machine Learning called Deep Learning 4. Deep Learning Algorithms Broaden the Scope of Video Analytics [Zvika Anshani] Until recently there have been minimal applications of Machine Learning used in video analytics products, largely due to high complexity and high resource usage, which made such products too costly for mainstream deployment. However, the last couple of years have seen a tremendous surge in research and advances surrounding a branch of Machine Learning called Deep Learning. The recent increased interest in Deep Learning is largely due to the availability of graphical processing units (GPUs). GPUs can efficiently train and run Deep Learning algorithms 5. Body Worn Cameras: Overcoming the Challenges of Live Video Streaming [Mark Patrick] Most body camera manufacturers, that are trying to stream, attempt to use these consumer technologies; but they don’t work very well in the field, which is not helpful when you need to see what is happening, right now, on the ground. The video must be of usable quality, even though officers wearing the cameras may be moving and experiencing signal fluctuations – most mobile video produces significant delays and signal breakups. Video and audio must always remain in sync so there’s no confusion about who said what. Therefore, special technology is required that copes with poor and varying bandwidths to allow a real-time view of the scene and support immediate decision-making by local and remote team members and support teams moving to the scene. 6. QinetiQ Demonstrates New Privacy-Protecting Body Scanner for Crowded Places [Ron Alalouff] QinetiQ has developed a scanner that can be used in crowded places without having to slow down or stop moving targets. The body scanner, capable of detecting hidden explosives or weapons on a person, has been demonstrated publicly in the United Kingdom for the first time. SPO-NX from QinetiQ – a company spun out of the UK’s Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA) in 2001 – can quickly screen large groups of people for concealed weapons or explosives in a passive, non-intrusive way, without needing people to stop or slow down. 7. ISC West 2017: How Will IT and Consumer Electronics Influence the Security Industry? [Fredrik Nilsson] A good way to predict trends [at the upcoming ISC West show] is to look at what’s happening in some larger, adjacent technology industries, such as IT and consumer electronics. Major trends on these fronts are the most likely to influence what new products will be launched in the electronic security industry. Proof in point is H.264, an advanced compression technology ratified in 2003 and adopted as the new standard by the consumer industry a few years later. By 2009, it became the new compression standard for the video surveillance industry as well. By drawing data from a number of different sources and subsystems, it is possible to move towards a truly smart environment 8. Integrating Security Management into Broader Building Systems [Gert Rohrmann] Security solutions should be about integration not isolation. Many organisations are considering their existing processes and systems and looking at how to leverage further value. Security is part of that focus and is a central component in the move towards a more integrated approach, which results in significant benefits. By drawing data from a number of different sources and subsystems, including building automation, it is possible to move towards a truly smart environment. 9. How to Use Video Analytics and Metadata to Prevent Terrorist Attacks [Yury Akhmetov] How we defend and prevent terrorism must be based on intelligent processing of information, and an early awareness of potential threats – and effective preventive action – may eliminate most attacks. Video analytics, automated surveillance and AI decision-making will change the rules of the struggle between civilians and terrorists by making attempted attacks predictable, senseless and silent. To what extent can technology investigate and prevent terror crimes considering the latest technology innovations? 10. Next Generation Video Analytics: Separating Fact from Fiction [Erez Goldstein] ‘Next generation video analytics’ is a catchy marketing phrase, is how much substance is behind it? Video analytics as a technology has been with us for many years, but there has always been an air of confusion and mystery around it, in large part created by Hollywood movies, where every camera is connected, an operator can search the network and locate the villain in a matter of seconds. I am pleased to say that, in many respects, fact has caught up with fiction, with the newest video analytics solutions that are now on the market focusing on search and specifically real-time search. These solutions have been tried, tested and proven to help reduce search time from hours to minutes and even seconds.
SpotterCOP automates existing manual processes of monitoring, prioritising, and alerting security personnel SpotterRF, a provider of low cost compact surveillance radar (CSR), announced its new SpotterCOP (Common Operational Picture) situational awareness management system. The system empowers electrical utility security personnel to monitor and manage complex distributed perimeter security installations with large numbers of sites, radars, and cameras.Maximising situational awareness“Especially in the electric utility industry with many substations, central control and management of site security requires complex technology to maximise situational awareness,” states Logan Harris, SpotterRF CEO. “SpotterCOP empowers large utilities to easily monitor and respond rapidly to ensure system health.” SpotterCOP provides a system level view of the condition of the perimeter security system and a way for the quick identification and prioritisation of health-related events in a web-based user interface. Key features Monitors hundreds of sites and thousands of radars and cameras Quickly view entire system well-being in a world view online user interface Auto-classifies Health Alerts by type of alert Upgrades connected site radar manager servers and radars with a single click "SpotterCOP empowers large utilities to easily monitor and respond rapidly to ensure system health" As large companies roll out multi-site systems of perimeter protection sensors and cameras, the task of monitoring the entire system health becomes extremely difficult to visualise and prioritise. A significant amount of time is spent every day by security personnel checking each device or filtering through a stream of email health alerts.Automating manual processesSpotterCOP automates existing manual processes of monitoring, prioritising and alerting security personnel. At a glance, security personnel can now see the state of the system and can quickly respond to the highest priority situations.In addition to real-time monitoring, SpotterCOP automates the task of updating the firmware for hundreds of sites and thousands of radar sensors, which can take days if done manually. Instead, SpotterCOP upgrades the firmware of all the radar site management servers and Spotter radars with the click of a button.SpotterRF delivers its award-winning compact surveillance radar (CSR) systems through more than 60 strategic integrators to a global marketplace in 24 countries on six continents. SpotterRF will be at ISC West 2017 in Las Vegas on April 5-7, 2017, in booth 16109.
SpotterRF compact surveillance radar provides rapid relief for power grid perimeter security SpotterRF, a provider of low cost compact surveillance radar (CSR), has been selected by VTI Security, one of the largest independently owned security systems integrators in the U.S., as a sole source radar standard. After rigorous testing, VTI Security now uses SpotterRF compact surveillance radar (CSR) for all CIP-014 electrical substation protection projects as defined by the Critical Infrastructure Protection Act (CIPA). Perimeter protection “When we came across the SpotterRF solution it really fit everything that we were looking for,” states Jerry Klapak, Senior Account Manager for VTI Security. “It gave us the ability to use existing structures to mount the system while achieving improved perimeter protection over traditional systems. In addition to protecting the perimeter we could also be notified of imminent intrusions or casing of substations.” One of VTI’s clients is a large electrical utility who was looking for a perimeter solution to meet the CIPA CIP-014 standards, a federal mandate that requires utilities to protect the perimeter of their critical substations. They sought to augment or replace traditional fence protection systems such as fibre optics, microwave barriers, and video analytics, due to the tremendous amount of infrastructure and deployment costs of these existing traditional systems. "Utility companies appreciateour ability to rapidly addressthis challenge with a reliable,low cost solution for widearea threat mitigation" VTI did a cost analysis of several different technologies and solutions, and in just about every scenario SpotterRF was about a third or a quarter of the cost. “It was such a substantial savings that, quite honestly, we looked at this as maybe too good to be true,” says Klapak. Protecting electric utility substations The CSR system was put through a series of field deployment tests in an environment similar to a substation to test the range and responsiveness in different weather conditions. Given high marks, it was moved into an actual substation where it passed all tests with flying colours. It is now being rolled out to substations across the U.S. “We are pleased to work with such an exceptional partner to provide protection for electric utility substations,” states SpotterRF CEO, Logan Harris. “Utility companies appreciate our ability to rapidly address this challenge with a reliable, low cost solution for wide area threat mitigation.” SpotterRF delivers its award-winning compact surveillance radar (CSR) systems through more than 60 strategic integrators to a global marketplace in 24 countries on six continents. SpotterRF’s award-winning radar will be demonstrated at the upcoming MISPYCON (VTI booth #406). Save Save Save
Milestone advanced IP video and SpotterRF Radar secured venue, ground and air perimeter SpotterRF, a provider of low-cost, compact surveillance radar (CSR), announces its collaboration with Milestone Systems and the NMS SpotterXP plugin that was used to secure both air and ground perimeter at the U.S. Presidential Debate held on October 19th at the UNLV Thomas & Mack Centre in Las Vegas, Nevada. This was the first such debate monitored not only for ground threats but also aerial threats, by using SpotterRF’s new award-winning A2000 CSR created especially for monitoring low-flying UAVs (drones). The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) deems presidential debates to be National Special Security Events (NSSE), as they may be a potential target for terrorism or other criminal activity. Threat detection and rapid response law enforcement Working closely with Las Vegas public safety authorities, UNLV security and federal agencies, the security solution teaming Milestone Systems, NMS and SpotterRF was tasked with threat detection and rapid response law enforcement communications. Milestone Systems advanced video management software (VMS) a solution favoured by many law enforcement officials, has been successfully deployed during previous Presidential Debates in 2012 and 2016. SpotterRF radar supported the latest implementation in Las Vegas with the SpotterXP plugin to provide all-weather, day or night surveillance over wider areas and in the air. “SpotterRF radar helped provide all-weather, day/night surveillance at great distances, over a wide area and in the air,” states Reinier Tuinzing, Strategic Alliances Manager, Americas, for Milestone Systems. “The integration of our IP video management software and compact Spotter radar device provides a wide defence dome around and above the protected venue.” A2000 The new A2000 is the first SpotterRF radar specifically designed for drone detection-and-defeat applications. This innovative and affordable radar has also been named a 2016 Security's Best Award recipient at the recent ASIS 2016 security trade show held in Orlando, Florida. The A2000 can detect small quadcopters at a range of 1,000 meters - the longest range of any other SpotterRF model for that size of target. It is specifically tested in conjunction with drone deterrence technology to provide early detection, tracking and interdiction against drones threatening critical infrastructure such as power plants, substations, bridges, small airports, dams, stadiums and first-responder environments requiring firefighting or law enforcement. “The successful deployment of this solution recognises the potential of combining the power of Spotter radar with Milestone’s advanced video surveillance,” states Logan Harris, CEO for SpotterRF. “The rapid adoption of low-flying aerial drones has increased the burgeoning threats that can endanger people, first responders, and vital infrastructure currently wide open to terrorist and other serious attacks.” SpotterRF delivers its award-winning compact surveillance radar (CSR) systems through more than 60 strategic integrators to a global marketplace in 24 countries on six continents.
SpotterRF CK10 operates at peak efficiency in rain, fog, snow, or sand storm SpotterRF announced its new, highly affordable CK10 compact surveillance radar (CSR) for commercial and private use. Running at 24GHz, this model, like the ASIS Accolades winning CK2, requires no FCC licensing. In addition, SpotterRF is now shipping its 10 GHz commercial series with significantly increased range without any increase in price over previous models. New models may be viewed at ASIS booth #943. SpotterRF is a manufacturer of ground surveillance radar (GSR) which is expected to lead global radar security market growth to $25 billion by 2022. “Winning the 2015 ASIS Accolades award with our first 24GHz radar, the CK2, confirmed our belief that there is demand for more affordable radar,” states Logan Harris, CEO for SpotterRF. “In addition, extending the coverage area with the C20C, C40C, and the C40C-EXT at the same price point comes from our efforts to always provide the best radar perimeter security at the lowest possible price.” "Winning the 2015 ASIS Accolades award with our first 24GHz radar, the CK2, confirmed our belief that there is demand for more affordable radar" Advantage over thermal cameras The Spotter CK10 operates at peak efficiency in rain, fog, snow, or sand storm—a claim that thermal cameras cannot make. Its 1.5 lb. weight, slim 9” x 6.9” x 1.7” size, and its 60-minute setup make it a breeze for security personnel to plug critical gaps in perimeter security. CK10 provides a maximum range of 200m for vehicles, a 90 deg. horizontal field of view, and tracks up to 20 targets simultaneously. While maintaining existing pricing, SpotterRF commercial 10 GHz radars—C20C, C40C and C40C-EXT—now have greater coverage area of up to 185 percent and increased range of up to 67 percent depending on the model. Compact size and lightweight SpotterRF compact radar units come in many sizes, weighs as little as 1.5 lbs. each, use less energy than a light bulb (approx. 5W each), and can communicate with standard web browsers and Google Earth. Operator training takes less than 30 minutes in the field. Save
PureActiv integration with SpotterRF Radar provides a more robust, more accurate and more user friendly surveillance solution PureTech Systems is well known in the development of video analytic capability to meet the needs of the security market. It is also extremely proactive in combining this technology with other high performance sensors within the security market. The most recent integration combines its video analytic expertise with that of the SpotterRF radar family, and specifically the C20B radar. The integration is driven by an installation and system performance test at a major electrical power facility located in the United States. Advanced detection and tracking The SpotterRF radar family provides advanced detection and tracking of potential threats, with the C20B providing detection out to 120m. The integration allows these targets to be displayed and updated through the PureActiv map-based video management user display. Additionally, the integration includes the sharing of position data to allow advanced autonomous sensor control, such as the ability to steer a camera to the exact point of intrusion (Slew to Cue) and the subsequent hand-free tracking of the intruder using a pan-tilt-zoom camera (Camera Auto Follow). The combination of the technology provides for increased situation awareness to the user, enabling the viewing, management and track merging of various target types (radar, video, GPS, etc.) through a central user interface. It also facilitates the automation of response actions, as well as, the corroboration of the detections between multiple sensors, providing more accurate detection and less false alarms. The ability to geo-reference video from security cameras in real time, means the solution speaks thesame language as radars User friendly surveillance solution “The ability for PureActiv to geo-reference video from security cameras in real time, means the solution speaks the same language as radars,” explains Eric Olson, Vice President of Marketing at PureTech Systems. “This allows us to easily integrate with other geospatially aware sensors, such as the family of the SpotterRF radars. The result is a more robust, more accurate and more user friendly surveillance solution for the security market.” “We continue to seek new ways to meet the needs of critical infrastructure customers,” explains Logan Harris, CEO at SpotterRF. “We welcome the opportunity to integrate our radars with PureTech Systems’ geospatial video management system and intelligent video capability. This combined offering has immediate application in the electrical power industry and continued opportunity for growth.” The integration took place at PureTech Systems’ headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona and recently completed an extensive customer acceptance test to mark its first deployment. It is currently available for new or existing installations. The PureTech/SpotterRF integration may be seen at the PureTech booth #2973 at ASIS Orlando September 12-15. Save
A2000 is the first radar specifically designed for drone detection and defeat applications SpotterRF, a manufacturer of low cost compact surveillance radar (CSR), announced availability of its new A2000, the first SpotterRF radar specifically designed for drone detection and defeat applications. The A2000 has the ability to detect small quadcopters at a range of 1000 meters, the longest range of any other SpotterRF model for that size of target. It is specifically tested in conjunction with drone deterrence technology to provide early detection, tracking, and interdiction against drones threatening critical infrastructure such as power plants, substations, bridges, small airports, dams, along with stadiums and first responder environments such as firefighting or law enforcement.Critical energy infrastructure securityEdison Electric Institute (EEI) is among dozens of organisations seeking solutions to drone threats. EEI has raised concerns regarding UAS operations over critical energy infrastructure, including electric transmission and distribution facilities, power generation facilities, transmission lines, and substations.“The rapid adoption of low-flying aerial drones has spawned use of these devices in environments that endanger people, first responders, and vital infrastructure currently wide open to terrorist threats,” states Logan Harris, CEO for SpotterRF. “Power companies and firefighters give us high marks for moving rapidly to address this threat with a reliable, low cost solution for wide area threat mitigation.”15-degree and 45-degree FOV As opposed to most two-dimensional ground surveillance radar applications, the A2000 provides a 15-degree vertical as well as 45-degree horizontal FOV As opposed to most two-dimensional ground surveillance radar applications, the A2000 provides a 15-degree vertical as well as 45-degree horizontal field of view (FOV). This is an advantage over typical, more costly rotating radar that have a narrower vertical FOV. This provides a true three-dimensional FOV creating an invisible perimeter well beyond other technologies.Drone defeat device capabilityIn areas where permitted by law, drone defeat device capability is also an add-on option for the SpotterRF A2000. One interdiction option utilises high power white light illuminators tied to a PTZ mount that slaves to the radar detection and blinds the drone’s ability to gather photo or video on a location. Another defeat method utilises directional jammers attached to a PTZ mount that is slaved to the drone detection from the A2000. The system jams communication between the drone and the controller and/or GPS causing the drone to either return to its launch point or immediately land. These solutions are currently integrated and commercially available where regulations permit.SpotterRF delivers its award-winning compact surveillance radar (CSR) systems through more than 60 strategic integrators to a global marketplace in 24 countries on six continents. SpotterRF’s award-winning radar will be demonstrated at the upcoming ASIS trade show in Orlando, Florida (booth #943).
Spotter CEO Logan Harris will speak on drone threats and advanced perimeter security issues at the event SpotterRF, the leader in low cost compact surveillance radar (CSR), recently announced milestones in addressing drone threats and protecting critical infrastructure. The company, in conjunction with Black Sage Technologies, is now shipping an exclusive UAVX system to detect and track unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) movement outside the perimeter. In addition, SpotterRF has teamed with IndustrialENET and Bosch to protect bridges and electrical utilities. SpotterRF CEO Logan Harris will speak on these and other advanced perimeter security issues at this year’s ISC West Conference. Protecting critical infrastructure sites “Electric utilities, bridges, and other critical infrastructure are under increasing perimeter threat,” states Logan Harris, CEO for SpotterRF. “The nation’s 55,000 electric substations and 600,000 bridges are now considered targets that need protection. Inexpensive drone threats require affordable, effective deterrence. We provide that through rapid detection and tracking.” The unique UAVX system leverages SpotterRF C550 compact surveillance radar, Black Sage advanced artificial intelligent target classification, and video tracking software to produce an all-weather 24/7 drone deterrence system that is one-sixth the cost of any alternative technology. It has a 350-metre range with a 15 percent vertical field of view. The new system may be seen in action at ISC West booth #14135. Compact surveillance radar systems In other news, SpotterRF has entered an agreement with and is delivering radar units through IndustrialENET to integrate radar with rugged Bosch MIC cameras to protect bridges, tunnels and electrical substations in harsh conditions. Although the locations are high security and not made public, IndustrialENET is using SpotterRF for major projects in Northern California and SpotterRF has previously worked directly with the Maryland DOT to protect high traffic bridges in that state. “IndustrialENET has a legacy of providing critical system networking with high availability, video surveillance,” states Jon Amack, Director of Business Development for IndustrialENET. “Our mandate is to protect the public by utilising the best technology. SpotterRF radar is just that.” SpotterRF delivers its award-winning compact surveillance radar (CSR) systems through more than 60 strategic integrators to a global marketplace in 24 countries on six continents. This award-winning radar will be demonstrated at the upcoming Security Industry Association (SIA) ISC West tradeshow in Las Vegas, Nevada April 6-8 (booth# 14135).
SpotterRF CSR monitors two infamous avalanche gullies along Swiss Alps road leading to renowned village SpotterRF, the leading manufacturer of compact surveillance radar (CSR), recently announced completion of the world’s first Spotter radar protected ski resort road system by GEOPRAEVENT in Zermatt, Switzerland. The SpotterRF CSR monitors two infamous avalanche gullies along the Swiss Alps road leading to the renowned village. The unique 24/7 two-tier perimeter line system triggers automatic road closure at the mouth of the canyon when it detects a snow avalanche threatening motorists on the only road leading to Zermatt. Lorenz Meier, CEO for GEOPRAEVENT states, “We chose SpotterRF because of the large radar coverage, small size, low-power and the possibility to implement its own algorithms on the raw data. They're a great team to work with. Our customer has repeatedly stated that he is thrilled by the system.” Large radar coverage With a range of 2000 metres and a horizontal opening angle of 90°, the radar surveys an area of more than two square kilometres. When triggered, the system reacts within seconds, immediately closing the road by means of traffic lights and barriers. Local authorities receive prioritised notification. Live cameras installed along the road allow them to check on the situation immediately — even at night, as all cameras are equipped with infrared floodlights. If the avalanche has not reached the road, authorities can reopen it from their computers or smart phones within minutes. SpotterRF compact surveillance radar “Global demand for SpotterRF compact surveillance radar is extending our reach into new applications and industries,” states Logan Harris, SpotterRF CEO. “Our Swiss partner, GEOPRAEVENT did a marvellous job designing and adding their own proprietary algorithms to our Spotter radar to create a system that responds in seconds to protect motorists traveling these curvy mountain roads.” SpotterRF at ISC West SpotterRF delivers its award-winning compact surveillance radar (CSR) systems through more than 60 strategic integrators to a global marketplace in 24 countries on six continents. This award-winning radar will be demonstrated at the upcoming Security Industry Association (SIA) ISC West tradeshow in Las Vegas, Nevada April 6-8 (booth# 14135).
SpotterRF recently exhibited its compact surveillance radar at ASIS 2015 SpotterRF recently announced its selection by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation as the standard for compact surveillance radar (CSR) for reservoirs, spillways, and downstream dam approaches. Beginning with Hoover Dam, will now be protected by SpotterRF’s advanced ability to detect and track targets, use flexible power sources, network on multiple devices, and integrate with existing alarm systems. Additionally, SpotterRF was selected because of its previous history of advanced dam protection and its network of authorised resellers. “We are pleased with SpotterRF’s selection by Bureau of Reclamation following rigorous testing and comparison against other available options,” states Logan Harris, CEO for SpotterRF. “This is one more validation of SpotterRF’s value when compared to alternative radar manufacturers. SpotterRF is the best option for protecting dams and critical infrastructure that is facing ever growing domestic threats.” SpotterRF radar offers As stated by the Bureau of Reclamation, “while other technologies required concrete pads, metal support structures, trenching, power access, and communications costs, SpotterRF mounts quickly on guardrails, stair rails, concrete walls, or other existing structure and may be rapidly relocated as needed using solar power.” These and other factors led Bureau experts to select SpotterRF as “a superior product line at lower prices” when compared to three much larger legacy vendors SpotterRF radar is currently in use at Glen Canyon Dam, Crystal Dam, Morrow Point Dam, Flaming Gorge Dam, and Davis Dam. SpotterRF radar provides these installations mobile, rapidly deployable, and low cost situational awareness. Colorado seeks alignment with mandated federal Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) guidelines geared at reducing threats to the nation’s 82,000 dams. These dams provide drinking and emergency services water; eight percent of the nation’s electricity; farming irrigation; navigation and commercial facilities across the country. SpotterRF radar units SpotterRF radar units come in many sizes, weigh as little as 1.5 lbs. each, use less energy than a light bulb (approx. 8W each), and has been integrated with Vindicator, Exacqvision, AFT from SAIC and other Video Management System (VMS) software. Operator training takes less than 30 minutes in the field. Integration with existing IR cameras, video analytics, or other Intrusion Detection System (IDS) greatly reduces costs and increases effectiveness for protecting critical infrastructure such as embassies or national parks.