HENSOLDT UK has supplied a radar suite consisting of Kelvin Hughes Mk11 S and X Band radar systems to the Philippine Navy frigate BRP Jose Rizal, recently delivered by Hyundai Heavy Industries. The SharpEye Mk11 radars are approved by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and take advantage of the Kelvin Hughes’ advanced solid state SharpEye Doppler technology that brings full situational awareness to the users even in the most severe weather conditions. The solid-state SharpEye t...
The French authorities have renewed the maintenance contract of the French Coastal Surveillance System, SPATIONAV, building on an over 20 yearlong successful collaboration between the French Navy and Airbus for safer oceans. Since 2002, Airbus develops, deploys and maintains the SPATIONAV system, under the supervision of the DGA (French General Armament Directorate) for the programme direction and the SSF (Service de Soutien de la Flotte) for the sustainment, to support the French authorities ga...
Fujifilm and Videotec announce a new collaboration, integrating top-performance products to supply an innovative solution for accurate long-range surveillance. This solution is ideal for protecting critical infrastructure and transportation networks, including airports, harbours, highways, borders and the environment. The combined system incorporates Fujifilm’s new high-end SX800 camera into Videotec’s ULISSE MAXI PTZ. Integrating the SX800 camera into the robust and precise ULISSE M...
The sensor solution provider HENSOLDT presents at this year’s Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEI) exhibition in London a new variant of its successful SharpEye naval radar series. The Mk 5 radar is the first open array 80W SharpEye navigation radar especially aimed at the smaller military vessels that require full capability with limited space availability. The new radar is on display on the HENSOLDT booth, No. S3-200 at DSEi 2019. SharpEye radars have been fitted to mor...
Northrop Grumman Corporation will demonstrate multi-domain capabilities that support the defence and security of the U.K., Europe and allies at the 20th Defence & Security Equipment International (DSEI) event on September 10-13 2019. Autonomous defence systems The Northrop Grumman stand (S5-200) will feature interactive demonstrations of next generation mission and aerospace systems, maritime situational awareness and integrated air and missile defence. Some of the advanced systems on disp...
Renowned sensor solutions provider HENSOLDT will expand its industrial footprint in the UK by strengthening its subsidiary Kelvin Hughes Ltd., and renaming it HENSOLDT UK. HENSOLDT has acquired Kelvin Hughes in 2017 and created a security solutions product line at Kelvin Hughes’ Enfield site. System solutions “We are expanding our activities in the UK and will bring together our existing portfolio with Kelvin Hughes’ offerings,” said Thomas Müller, CEO of HENSOLDT....
Larson Electronics, a Texas-based company with over 40 years of experience in spearheading the industrial lighting and equipment sectors, has announced the release of an explosion proof 1080p analog submersible camera for underwater monitoring in freshwater environments. This unit can be submerged up to 50 feet and is available in a fixed lens configuration and has a 3.6mm 90-degree lens for wide-area viewing. Explosion-proof analogue cameras The EXPCMR-SWP.FW-ALG-1080P-IC-1227-12.7-100C explosion proof 1080p analog camera provides operators with a live feed of underwater environments in freshwater hazardous locations. This unit can operate remotely from a centralised control room and features an infrared LED array for lowlight and nighttime visibility. The camera automatically switches over to IR mode when lux levels drop below present level and a true Day/Night infrared cut-off filter removal creates a sharp image transmitting with zero latency to HD resolution through a metal clad coax cable to customer-provided DVR systems. Underwater monitoring and surveillance Larson Electronics’ explosion proof camera features a pressure-resistant 316 stainless-steel body and features 1 lux sensitivity and a 2-wire transmitter with a stainless-steel mounting bracket. This unit also features a built-in color CCD camera and a 1/3” CCD sensor. The lens features a 28-degree to 60-degree viewing angle with a minimum lens-to-object distance of 3.15” and is rated for use in Class I, Divisions 1 and 2, Groups B, C and D; Class I, Zones 1 and 2, Groups IIB+H2 and IIA, Class II, Divisions 1 and 2, Groups E, F and G; and Class II, Divisions 1 and 2. This unit comes with 100 feet of 12/5 SOOW pre-wired cord and Kellum cord grip to provide power and video signal to the camera. This unit can be mounted to flat surfaces via the provided flat surface brackets. This unit is suitable for use in underwater operations in fresh water, underwater monitoring, remote observation of external facilities, and more.
Airbus, an aerospace, defence and security manufacturers and systems providers, attends the World Border Security Congress for the third time. The event will be held at the Sheraton Hotel & Towers in Casablanca (Morocco) from 19 to 21 March 2019 and will be co-hosted by the Moroccan Ministry of Interior and the General Directorate for Migration and Border Protection. In the exhibition hall, the Airbus stand (number 9) will show visitors maritime and border security as well as coastal surveillance solutions. Improved operational products The booth will also display a demo of Styris, the Airbus’s product family focusing on maritime safety and security, which includes Vessel Traffic Services (VTS), Coastal Surveillance Systems (CSS) and Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP). Olivier Yvon, Maritime Program Manager of Airbus Defence and Space, will give a lecture entitled ‘Integrated Coastal Surveillance System In addition, on Thursday, 21 March 2019, from 11.15 am (CET), Olivier Yvon, Maritime Program Manager of Airbus Defence and Space, will give a lecture entitled ‘Integrated Coastal Surveillance System’. Airbus is one of the contributors when it comes to providing improved operational products and services to fulfil the defence and security needs of nations, thanks to its strong position as a producer of satellites, aircraft, intelligence and security solutions, including cyber protection. Land border protection The company designs, develops and implements integrated, complex and holistic solutions, including platforms and services for the following business segments: land border protection, maritime monitoring and safety (coastal and Exclusive Economic Zone) and Critical National Infrastructure (CNI). The World Border Security Congress is the premier multi-jurisdictional global platform where border protection policy-makers, managers and practitioners meet annually with security industry professionals to discuss evolving international border security challenges.
UDT 2019, the 32nd in the annual Underwater Defence Technology event series, will open at the Stockholmsmässan Exhibition Centre on 13th May for three days. Stockholmsmässan is close to the city centre, well served by regular metro trains, with several large hotels nearby. Stockholm Arlanda Airport is only 30 minutes away by commuter train, which runs 8 times every hour. The venue is the Nordic region’s largest exhibition centre and offers the exhibition plenty of room to expand, whilst simultaneously hosting UDT’s sister events – ITEC, which focusses on military training and simulation, and Electronic Warfare. 2019 is the first year that all three events are co-located, enabling attendees to spark new ideas, create new collaborations and partnerships, and extend networks. It also provides senior military personnel with a more efficient use of their increasingly precious time, thereby growing the number of officers in attendance. Investing in anti-submarine warfare UDT 2019 will examine how the underwater defence and security environment fits into a Total Defence architectureThe overall theme of UDT 2019 is ‘Total defence: undersea defence and security in a deteriorating global environment’. Sweden’s Defence Policy 2016-2020 establishes the Swedish approach to the deteriorating global security environment. It highlights that the underwater environment and specifically anti-submarine warfare (ASW) is an area in which Sweden is investing. Other nations are responding to the declining international environment in similar ways. Responding to Sweden’s ‘Total Defence’ approach, UDT 2019 will examine how the underwater defence and security environment fits into a Total Defence architecture. The conference will examine how new and emerging technologies may be deployed. It will also consider how incremental developments in established technologies are enabling new approaches to traditional underwater defence disciplines. UDT 2019 will look at technological developments, and adaptation of existing systems, to improve capability and performance. It will consider disruptive technologies and unique deployment strategies, with a focus on creating a Total Defence approach for military forces and civil marine security services. Maritime challenges faced by countries Although the issues that the country faces are products of its geography, many nations tackle a similar mix of challengesUDT 2019 brings together professionals from the military, industry and academia to focus on the cutting-edge technologies and developments within one of the harshest environments known to man. Sweden occupies a key geographic location in the Baltic Sea. Although the issues that the country faces are products of its geography, many nations tackle a similar mix of challenges. These include: proximity to a key global trading artery; shallow littoral waters with many islands; critical national and international infrastructure in the maritime environment; complex maritime boundaries; and a need to operate in the global oceanic environment in order to assert national and international interests. The core purpose of UDT 2019 is to empower those who serve their nations in joint, combined and distributed contexts by providing them with the most innovative strategies available in the undersea defence arena. Military Diving Conference The 2019 show will also host the Military Diving Conference, which was launched in 2018 to great acclaim. Focussing on the unique challenges of diving under hostile conditions, this two-day conference will share the latest technological developments aimed at improving the effectiveness, efficiency and safety of military divers across the spectrum of dive operations. The conference will share the latest technological developments aimed at improving the effectiveness, efficiency and safety of military diversThe conference will also provide a platform for inter-service and international diver elements to meet and discuss capabilities and requirements in the pursuit of greater cooperation and interoperability. Industry will be on hand to demonstrate how their new solutions can solve these requirements, and share how others are solving common problems faced by those working undersea. Interoperable military and civil defence Sweden has been leading the VIKING series of exercises since 1999, alongside participants from the United Nations, European Union, civilian authorities, police, military and representatives from humanitarian organisations. VIKING is a practical extension of efforts to improve mission readiness in a time- and resource-effective manner - to build interoperable military and civil defence, and to build on work already undertaken by NATO to better connect joint forces within, across, and among nations. Nations have unique imperatives as well as those they share with others when considering national defence and the protection of civilian populations. These imperatives are driven by external and internal factors such as population, geography, climate, resources, and the choices made by each society in response to both their national and international environment. Re-examining the military models adopted This is a unique opportunity for defence forces around the Baltic Sea to look at new development in technology"The current international situation is causing many nations to re-evaluate their choices, and to re-examine the models they have adopted for their military and civil forces. Sweden’s Defence Policy 2016-2020 establishes the UDT 2019 host nation’s approach to the deteriorating global security environment – that of ‘Total Defence’ – in which linkages between all branches of national security are fully interoperable. The conference chair is Mr. Bert Johansson, Director Business Development & Strategy at Saab Dynamics AB, Sweden. “This is a unique opportunity for defence forces around the Baltic Sea, and elsewhere, to look at new development in technology and share experience relevant to this region,” Mr. Johansson said, welcoming attendees to UDT 2019.
HENSOLDT, the independent sensor solutions supplier, is presenting its wide range of sensor technologies at this year’s International Defence Exhibition (IDEX) in Abu Dhabi. For the first time, HENSOLDT will present its newly developed PrecISR airborne multifunction radar, as well as the extended portfolio of its Xpeller counter-UAV system. You can obtain further information at the HENSOLDT stand in Hall 9, booth B-18. “We are interconnecting all essential sensor technologies to provide our customers with information superiority at any time,” said HENSOLDT CEO Thomas Müller. “We thus create the basis for decisions of political leaders and military commanders, while also contributing to the success of a mission and protecting soldiers in operations.” Surveillance of sea and coastal areas PrecISRTM's superior precision and target accuracy make it the sensor of choice for surveillance of large sea and coastal areas against piracyThe software-defined airborne radar named PrecISRTM (derived from ‘precise’, pronunciation: ‘priˈsaiser’) translates latest achievements in active array and digital receiver technology into a scalable high-performance sensor which can be installed aboard helicopters, UAVs and fixed-wing mission aircraft. Its superior precision and target accuracy make it the sensor of choice for surveillance of large sea and coastal areas against piracy, trafficking or illicit intrusion. Together with this airborne radar, HENSOLDT is displaying its latest developments in land-based and naval radar. The TRML-4D is a land-based multifunctional radar ensuring rapid detection and tracking of approximately 1,500 targets in a radius of up to 250 km and at an altitude of up to 30 km. It uses the latest AESA radar technology (AESA = Active Electronically Scanned Array), which enables the acquisition of targets after just one rotation of the antenna, thus improving the response time and hit probability. Supports anti-air and anti-surface operations The naval radar TRS-4D belongs to the same product family. It is designed to support anti-air and anti-surface operations. Its rotating antenna combines mechanical and electronic azimuth scanning to achieve fast generation of target tracks. TRS-4D is available both in a rotating variant and another with four fixed arrays. HENSOLDT shows its ARGOS-II HD multi-sensor system to be used for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions from the air The rotating variant is currently being installed onboard the US Navy’s ‘Freedom’ class Littoral Combat Ships while the non-rotator is delivered to the German Navy’s F125 frigates. It comes together with the SharpEye naval radar which provides the world’s navies and coast guards with surface search, navigation and helicopter control capabilities. TwInvis, Xpeller and ARGOS-II systems Furthermore, HENSOLDT is presenting its TwInvis passive radar which analyses the echoes of signals from radio or TV stations, so as to create a recognised air picture (RAP) within a radius of more than 200 kilometres in real time. Another exhibit to be seen is the Xpeller counter-UAV system, whose mission is to detect small drones, so as to protect critical infrastructure, large events or military facilities. In addition, HENSOLDT shows its ARGOS-II HD multi-sensor system to be used for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions from the air. It can be equipped with high resolution HD infrared and daylight cameras as well as with laser rangefinders and laser designators. MILDS self-protection sensor The MILDS self-protection sensor for helicopters and wide-body aircraft detects attacking missiles and initiates countermeasuresThe MILDS (Missile Launch Detection System) self-protection sensor for helicopters and wide-body aircraft detects attacking missiles and initiates countermeasures. It is a passive imaging sensor detecting the UV radiation signature of approaching missiles. It enhances considerably the protection against anti-aircraft missiles such as shoulder-fired infrared-guided missiles. It has proven itself in operational use as the standard missile warning device on helicopters and transport/mission aircraft world-wide, including Tiger, NH90, CH-53, CH-47 and C-130.
Airbus will be showcasing a myriad of smart solutions for safer oceans at 2018's Euronaval event in Paris. The portfolio presented will range from maritime awareness centres, secure seamless communications services, through satellites and related services, to Unmanned Aircraft Systems, aircraft and helicopters. Airbus’ uniquely broad maritime portfolio enables customers to make the right decision and act at the right time, capitalising on 50 years of experience in the maritime domain. The company has a strong presence in maritime security, in particular through STYRIS, its coastal surveillance solutions, deployed in 50 countries with more than 250 systems delivered. STYRIS offers: Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) to support safety of life at sea and navigation, maritime security and efficiency of vessel traffic movement; Coastal Surveillance Systems (CSS) for blue border security, environmental protection, and search and rescue and, lastly, Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP). Comprehensive maritime picture With 3 hours flight endurance, the electric powered Aliaca provides a 360-degree panoramic coverage with its new generation gyro-stabilised Airbus helps improve maritime awareness with its large fleet of Earth observation satellites. The massive amount of data they acquire daily, combined with additional information sources including AIS (Automatic Identification System) and predictive analysis, allows for a comprehensive maritime picture to the benefit of operational users, at sea or ashore. Examples of various scenarios, including threats anticipation, suspicious behaviours identification as well as STYRIS capabilities, will be demonstrated at the company’s Smart Maritime Centre at Euronaval. Additional intelligence can be provided by drones such as the Aliaca UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle). With 3 hours flight endurance, the electric powered Aliaca provides a 360° panoramic coverage with its new generation gyro-stabilised vertical turret over a range of between 10 and 50 km. Ideally adapted for maritime missions, it is catapult launched and uses a dedicated net landing solution to perform intelligence missions ahead of the ship. Another offered solution is the High Altitude Pseudo-Satellites (HAPS) Zephyr platform. Solutions for naval communications Running exclusively on solar power and flying above the weather and above conventional air traffic, this system is complementary to satellites, UAVs and manned aircraft. Ideally suited for ‘local permanent persistence’ (ISR/Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance), the Zephyr has the ability to stay focused on a specific area of interest, which can be hundreds of miles wide, while providing it with satellite-like communications and Earth observation services over several months without interruption. Scale models of both drones will be visible at the Airbus stand. Airbus will also be presenting the full range of solutions for naval communications: mobile in and around the ship Airbus will also be presenting the full range of solutions for naval communications: mobile in and around the ship, fleet secured intranet networks such as RIFAN, high throughput Ka-band satellite naval segment such as Comcept and military satellite communication SCOT terminal. These solutions enable crews to connect and maintain secured point-to-point communications and BLOS (Beyond Line Of Sight) communications anytime and anywhere. They are already in use by the most modern armed forces worldwide, notably the French and UK Navies. Anti-submarine warfare Based on the experience of 34 maritime patrol C295s delivered to six nations, Airbus is now proposing the C295, an ideal aircraft for surveillance (ISR), border control activities and homeland security operations when fitted with Airbus' proprietary mission system FITS (Fully Integrated Tactical System). The C295 is also available in a tactical range Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) version, already in service with the Chilean Air Force. In a market response, Airbus has started a self-funded design study on a new program, the A320M3A, a variant of the A320 civil platform that would be designed to fulfill a range of ISR roles, particularly long-range maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare. Models of both aircraft will be shown at the booth. Airbus not only meets today’s military requirements with successful helicopters such as the NH90 but is also paving the way for aircraft that meet tomorrow’s needs with the H160M and the VSR700. New generation of aerial warfare A new generation aircraft, the H160M will enter into service in the French Armed Forces, giving them a modern and high performing helicopter A scale model of the NH90 NFH, a helicopter that can operate from shore or warships and that is tailored for full capability in both anti-submarine (ASW) and anti-surface unit (ASuW) warfare, will be exhibited. A scale model of the VSR700, Airbus’ unmanned VUAV designed to fulfil the demanding requirements of global navies, will be displayed at the Airbus stand. A full-scale mock-up of the Airbus-Naval Group program’s future Navy Airborne Drone System (SDAM), based on the VSR700, can be seen at the French Ministry of Armed Forces stand alongside a scale mock-up of the Navy version of the H160M that was selected in the frame of the HIL (Hélicoptère Interarmées Léger) program. A new generation aircraft, the H160M will enter into service in the French Armed Forces, giving them a modern and high performing helicopter that has a low logistical footprint and that will be operational for the next 30 years.
VITEC, global leader in advanced video encoding and streaming solutions, has announced that it will showcase its latest high-performance video streaming solutions for military and defense applications at Eurosatory 2018. Scheduled for June 11-15 at Paris Nord Villepinte, Eurosatory is the premier international defense and security exhibition. Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance "VITEC is strongly committed to providing every capability for processing and distributing Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) and situational awareness video generated in the field," said Richard Bernard, product manager, VITEC. The multichannel encoder streams up to eight video channels with extremely low bandwidth and low power consumption in a rugged and lightweight form factor" "As a result of that commitment, we've added MGW Diamond TOUGH to our encoder lineup. The multichannel encoder streams up to eight video channels with extremely low bandwidth and low power consumption in a rugged and lightweight form factor. And because interoperability is key in any ISR or SA applications, it delivers video streams and KLV metadata in full compliance with the STANAG 4609 standard." MGW Diamond TOUGH video encoder At the show, VITEC will showcase its MGW Diamond TOUGH, a multichannel military-grade HEVC/H.264 encoder. Its rugged enclosure — meeting DO-160G, MIL-STD810G, and MIL-STD-461G standards — is specifically designed for use in ground vehicles, manned or unmanned airborne platforms, and marine vessels operating in extreme conditions. With a compact and rugged enclosure, it is the ideal encoder for IP video delivery from multiple analog and/or digital sources within the vehicle, or externally over RF or satellite links to support ISR. For dissemination and content management of full-motion video streams and files, VITEC will also be showing FITIS, an all-in-one solution that can be rapidly deployed in the field or in a secure, hosted site to serve as the central interface for managing live and recorded IPTV content, user access rights, and video distribution workflows. The solution enables decision makers and analysts to view, archive, retrieve, and manipulate ISR footage and tactical military video streams quickly. FITIS also offers editing and collaboration capabilities for analysing and sharing video assets with KLV/STANAG metadata.
Sea ports have a long tradition of handling important cargo, including equipment for oil and gas fields. These critical sites require complex security to protect vulnerable areas such as storage locations and unloading areas, as well as monitoring the surrounding waterways for emergency situations. Often, upgrading these sites with a future-proof security system can prove challenging, as there are likely to be expansive legacy systems in place. New systems may also need to be integrated with security and surveillance systems in the surrounding area. This study from FLIR Systems explores how the right VMS, coupled with an appropriate range of hardware components, can meet the challenge of providing a scalable, fully integrated and comprehensive video surveillance system in a harsh coastal port environment. What's Inside? Coastal port security requirements Scalable VMS Hardware integrations Control room performance Evidentiary-class video quality Public safety Click here to download the White Paper now!
FLIR PT Series cameras were used in a surveillance project to detect and monitor illegal fishing and poaching activities along the Spanish Galician coast. The FLIR thermal imaging cameras combined with maritime video analytics from Gradiant were ideal for spotting illegal vessels on a 24/7 basis and at a long range. The vastness of the Galician coastline and the multitude of fishing and farming activities call for a more automated surveillance approach. Fishing, shellfish harvesting, and marine aquaculture - mainly mussel farming in inshore waters are important economic activities in Galicia (northwest of Spain). Local public authorities strictly control these activities to prevent exploitation, fish stock depletion and resulting economical losses. They are fighting a constant battle against this unfair and illegal competition that affects thousands of professionals who make a living from the fishing and seafood industry. Challenges of coastal monitoring Illegal fishing and poaching has an enormous impact on the environment and food safety Illegal fishing and poaching of seafood resources also has an enormous impact on the environment and food safety; especially during periods of toxic algal bloom (red tides), when fishing conditions are hazardous for public health. The detection of unauthorised fishing and shellfish harvesting is of paramount importance for the Galician authorities. However, monitoring and protecting all of Galicia’s inshore and offshore fisheries, shellfish harvesting areas, and marine aquaculture farms is a challenging task. Galicia has 1,200 km of coastline. Its protection involves the surveillance of activity in 122 ports, including around 5,000 fishing boats, 400 beaches dedicated to shellfish harvesting, and 47 mussel aquaculture farms, with a total of more than 3,000 bateas (floating mussel farms). Long-range thermal imaging Moreover, most illegal activity takes place at night, making it extra difficult for law enforcers to detect any type of vessel. The Galician climate does not help either. With an average of 128 days per year of rain, visibility conditions are usually not ideal for surveillance operations. Manned surveillance patrols can only do so much; they are hindered by the climate and visibility conditions, making it impossible (from a practical and financial standpoint) for coast guards to cover the entire Galician coastline. In 2017, the Galician Coast Guard started a project to test video surveillance of the coastline based on thermal imaging cameras. The pilot included the use of FLIR’s PT Series multi-sensor camera, combined with maritime video analytics software from Gradiant (Pontevedra, Spain). Multi-sensor installation FLIR thermal images were enhanced by Gradiant’s intelligent video analytics software for maritime applications The multi-sensor installation was extensively tested on two different locations along the Galician coast. One set-up was used to monitor illegal vessels on coastal waters at short/medium range, while another set-up was used for long-range monitoring. The PT Series thermal cameras allowed the Galician Coast Guard to monitor the required area over a long range on a 24/7 basis, even at night and in adverse weather conditions. In addition, the FLIR thermal images were enhanced by Gradiant’s intelligent video analytics software for maritime applications. This software is specifically adapted for monitoring coastal environments and allowed the coast guard to detect, track and geo-localise people and vessels, including small wooden and plastic boats. Visible-light camera The software enabled the thermal cameras to detect objects and people despite adverse maritime conditions, such as high waves, low contrast due to low light, fog and rain, reflections on the sea surface, camera vibrations, and the presence of distractors, such as birds and vessel wakes. The FLIR PT Series is a high-performance multi-sensor pan/tilt security camera, incorporating an uncooled thermal camera with sensitivity of <35mK and a visible-light camera with 36x optical zoom. While the thermal camera is used to detect threats over a long range based on their heat signatures, the visible-light camera can be used for verification and identification. Long-range surveillance The requirements for this long-range application were extremely challenging for any thermal camera" “FLIR is the reference for long-range surveillance applications with thermal imaging,” says José Antonio Rodríguez, Head of Video Analytics at Gradiant. “The thermal performance of the camera and the fact that this technology is easy to set up makes it ideal for this type of application. In addition, FLIR supported us from the start for lens selection, calibration of the system and much more.” “The requirements for this long-range application were extremely challenging for any thermal camera,” says Nikitas Koutsourais, Product Marketing Manager at FLIR Systems. “Thanks to the FLIR PT Series’ unique thermal sensitivity of less than 35mK, we could provide the best image performance in the market.” IP video streaming Two different configurations were used in this application. The long-range surveillance station used a FLIR PT-606 camera, and was able to detect a rubber inflatable boat at 4,000m. Despite its narrow field of view, this camera allowed for wide coverage thanks to the high-precision pan/tilt unit. The camera was able to sweep a wide field of view span in a pre-programmed sequence of pan/tilt presets. The port surveillance station used a PT-625, offering a good compromise between detection range and field of view with a single pan/tilt preset. The integration of the video analytics software with the camera was easy thanks to IP video streaming and the camera’s ONVIF compliant interfaces for pan/tilt control. Long-range surveillance typically requires the use of lenses with a narrow field of view, which is a problem when you want to monitor wide areas. Coastal protection applications The FLIR thermal cameras provided the Galician coastguard with increased situational awareness However, the video analytics from Gradiant was able to take advantage of the Preset Sequencing mode of the FLIR PT Series. This allowed the coastguard to cover a wide field of view with a single camera and to perform video analysis on each pan/tilt preset. The FLIR thermal cameras provided the Galician coastguard with increased situational awareness and allowed them to respond much quicker to illegal fishing activities. The pilot project was performed in a realistic surveillance environment along the Galician coast and generated very positive results. The combination of a multi-sensor system with Gradiant’s maritime video analytics proved to be effective to deal with the intricate Galician coast lines and a lack of open view. In addition, this technology combination is a cost-effective alternative, making automated surveillance applications accessible for fish farm companies worldwide. Extremely rugged systems Finally, the PT-Series are extremely rugged systems, which makes them ideal for coastal surveillance, especially in an extremely humid environment such as the Atlantic coast of Spain. The system’s vital core is well protected against dust and water ingress, and complies with IP66 requirements.
Ensuring safety and security of all who work and experience award-winning cruise facilities, a leisure travel company has secured key management across its fleet with Traka. The integration sees Traka specialist key management systems integrated into a complete fleet, ensuring compliance to the Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act 2010 (Kerry Bill) in allowing only authorised staff access to dedicated areas on a bespoke curfew management system. Bespoke key management The number of ocean cruises taken last year reached over two million for the first time" Speaking about the integration, a representative from the cruise company said: “Cruise holidays are undeniably growing in popularity, as they give our guests the opportunity to experience being on board a floating city. For the UK and Irish market, the number of ocean cruises taken last year reached over two million for the first time, hitting a record 2,009,000 in 2018." “We have a necessary duty of care to ensure the high level of security and protection of our guests throughout their stay on any one of our luxury ships. Traka designed a bespoke key management solution that was simple to integrate and minimise interference with everyday operations to ensure not only compliance to cruise security but also an ability to capture audit control on every key in operation amongst our staff.” Cruise management platform “Together we believe this is a key step to improve ship safety and provide transparency and consistency, alongside dedicated accountability amongst all our staff. And in partnership, we can create an environment whereby guests can enjoy excellent standards of service throughout their stay on any one of our award-winning fleet.” “Traka worked closely with the technical team to install S-Touch key management systems across its fleets, with bespoke solutions designed per cruise facility. The dedicated curfew management feature integrated into each system can be set on any key, enforcing staff to return keys by a certain time, with an alert created on any asset that is not back in the allocated timeslot.” The result is improved productivity with lower collection and distribution time on staff handover" “The result is improved productivity with lower collection and distribution time on staff handover. And by integrating systems into the cruise management platform, even loggings could be specified on environmental and sustainability credentials in an innovative bid towards showcasing ‘green cruising.” Significant cruise community Ben Farrar, Traka Market Development Manager added: “Cruise ships are undeniably experiencing a booming market, with increased staff and fleets to accommodate demand. But within this, leading corporations have a role to play in highlighting the significance of compliance to the latest cruise regulation and guest safety.” “Traka created a bespoke system, enabling this prestigious fleet to benefit from essential security, including an ability to support authorised staff to control access to different areas, whether it be stock-taking or environmental control. We are looking forward to continuing our relationship to present various technical innovations and ensure even increased customer satisfaction across a significant cruise community.”
The saying goes that “business is business,” but many experienced executives in this industry have come to learn that a few ounces of compassion and understanding can sometimes be both necessary and appreciated. Operations don't always go as planned; we know that uncontrollable, tragic incidents may occur, and we want to be sure we're there for our customers and partners when they need it the most. This time of need often presents itself during a significant crisis, such as the one Puerto Rico experienced and continues to face from the devastation of two major hurricanes in September 2017. Hurricane Maria, which made landfall on Sept. 20, and was considered a “catastrophic event,” brought intense rain and wind to the island for longer than 30 hours, leaving residents without power, communication and water. TimeQuest reconfigures access control solutions Vanderbilt dealer TimeQuest Technologies, located in San Juan, was forced to suspend active projects and focus all resources on recovery The destruction and damage to roads, communities and businesses changed the lives of almost everyone involved — with the inability to access supermarkets, banks and gas stations, daily tasks were severely interrupted, and so too were security activities. Vanderbilt dealer TimeQuest Technologies, located in San Juan, was forced to suspend active projects and focus all resources on recovery. With its customers' having lost everything and their buildings destroyed, TimeQuest Technologies Vice President Alberto Cupeles took his team to visit each in person, surveying the need for basic necessities and offering their assistance. As its customers started to begin construction in the aftermath, TimeQuest Technologies was forced to reconfigure and reconstruct its access control systems, software and solutions, while trying to adjust to a shift in electricity and combatting inconsistent power from day to day. Vanderbilt-TimeQuest collaborate on disaster relief Having known Vanderbilt for more than 20 years, Cupeles was grateful for the trustworthy and sympathetic relationship that had developed over time, extending far beyond daily business operations. Both companies worked together to ensure overarching support and commitment to restoration, allowing TimeQuest Technologies to spend its time and effort where it was needed most. “The help we received helped not just our customers but also our families,” Cupeles said. “This wasn't just a business-only situation. There were people in the middle.” Collaborations in the security industry often run deeper than what's seen on the surface; when dealing with an unexpected occurrence, at the end of the day, providing comfort and consideration should always take precedence.
British Airways i360 is a 162-metre (531 ft.) tall observation tower on the seafront of Brighton on the UK’s south coast, which opened in August 2016 on the site of the historic West Pier. Conceived and designed by Marks Barfield Architects, the creators of the London Eye, British Airways i360 is the world’s first vertical cable car and the world’s tallest moving observation tower. Just as the original pier welcomed Victorian society to ‘walk on water’, British Airways i360 invites visitors to ‘walk on air’ in the fully enclosed futuristic glass observation pod which gently lifts up to 200 passengers to a height of 138 metres (450 ft.), providing a new perspective on the city with totally unobstructed views. Seagate storage solution selected for surveillance system The technology deployed in the development and daily operation of the observation tower set a new standard for innovation – including a high-tech video surveillance solution supplied by local firm Brighton CCTV, with Seagate’s storage solutions chosen as a key component in the technology. A specialist in CCTV design, installation and maintenance for the commercial and residential market, Brighton CCTV was selected as the preferred supplier for its experience and local expertise. British Airways i360 selected Brighton CCTV as its camera security and webcam partner and their system partner, Hikvision, produces industry leading equipment that enables smooth, clear video streaming. Brighton CCTV selected Seagate as an additional partner for the project to deliver the surveillance storage solution, providing 10TB of storage in total. High resolution images were a must for this high-profile site and with the IP CCTV system running over a huge network, a solid and reliable storage solution was a necessity. Each camera also had to be carefully selected for the right area of the structure, taking into consideration installation, service and maintenance, as well as being capable of dealing with bright scenes due to the observation tower’s beachside location. SkyHawk surveillance: Solid and reliable “We had worked with Seagate before on a previous project and knew the reliability its storage provides,” said Christopher Dean, Owner of Brighton CCTV. “The SkyHawk surveillance drives operate with an extreme workload rating, low power consumption, provide long-term drive reliability and can operate in harsh environments, withstanding a variety of temperature ranges – ideal for British Airways i360 being on the seafront.” “We were thrilled our technology was selected to be a part of this ambitious and innovative landmark,” commented Andrew Palmer, Sales Manager, Enterprise and Surveillance Group, Seagate Technology UK. “We were able to make this surveillance solution possible working alongside our trusted partners Brighton CCTV and Hikvision.” A British Airways i360 spokesperson said: “British Airways i360 is a spectacular observation attraction and is the cornerstone to funding the regeneration of Brighton’s seafront. With some 700,000 visitors expected at British Airways i360 annually, it was vital that we worked with the best team in order to deliver on our vision and that included using trusted suppliers providing innovative technology.”
The cross-border system has certified Tetra Inter-System Interface (ISI) functionality With the help of Airbus Defence and Space, the Swedish network Rakel and Norway’s Nødnett will start long-term cross-border communication. Public safety organisations, such as police forces and ambulance services, of both countries will congregate in the towns Meråker, Norway and Storlien, Sweden in order to test the interoperable system in the Rakel and Nødnett networks. This marks the launch of the world’s first bi-national communication systems. Bi-national radio communication system Both networks will be ready for bi-national operational use in early 2017. The cross-border system has certified Tetra Inter-System Interface (ISI) functionality and meets all technical requirements. Even though both nations use different secure Tetra networks on their territory and different terminals, the EU-funded project Inter-System Interoperability for Tetra-Tetrapol Networks (ISITEP) has created a platform on which Swedish and Norwegian disaster relief organisations can easily exchange information. Previous tests in 2016 as part of the European vanguard project were successful. Airbus Defence and Space has been involved in the ISI project planning of the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) from the beginning since the Rakel network went into operation in 2010. “Our technology has contributed substantially to the interoperability of the Swedish and Norwegian networks. Together with our partners, we are continuously developing solutions to improve cross-border communications in Europe,” says Olivier Koczan, Head of Secure Land Communications at Airbus Defence and Space. "Together with our partners,we are continuously developing solutions to improve cross-border communications inEurope" Rakel serves all main public safety organisations in Sweden, such as the police force, coastguard, customs, rescue services, ambulance services, and armed forces and it is also used by companies such as utilities. Rakel enables more than 67,000 users to cooperate on a national scale. The cross-border project will now enable group and individual calls and messaging between the public safety forces of both countries, and provides authentication as well as encryption. Strengthening co-operation between national emergency services The ISI project in Norway and Sweden is one of the most advanced multi-national radio communication projects in Europe and focuses, among other things, on mission-critical communications on both sides of the 1,619-kilometre-long border. After almost three years of development, the basic bi-national interoperability between police and rescue teams is now in place. ISITEP aims to find a comprehensive solution for interoperability between mission-critical communications systems based on different technologies. The project team comprises a consortium of 15 leading companies, including Airbus Defence and Space, and academic institutions from ten countries. This three-year initiative to strengthen the cooperation between national emergency services started in 2013 and received EU funding of around ten million euros. The international Tetra Association as well as first response organisations from nine countries are also supporting the project’s activities. Save
Over twenty years ago, very few people knew about the hidden, underwater world off Pembrokeshire, on the west coast of Wales. However, in 1990 the creation of Skomer Marine Nature Reserve (MNR) covering the waters off the headland and around Skomer Island, gave the Countryside Council for Wales (CCW) a golden opportunity to study and protect this marine environment. Skomer’s waters are famed for their amazing range of underwater marine life. Situated on the boundary where northern and southern species overlap, there is a huge variety of wildlife of all shapes and colours – making it a great place to study and monitor changes in the marine environment. An environmental wonderland Many species are studied in detail. These range from sponges to grey seals, and from tiny, colourful sea slugs to graceful, slow-growing seafans, a 120 of which are monitored and photographed every year to study changes in them. Over the last 20 years, King scallops, which are protected from all forms of fishing within the MNR, have increased more than eight fold. Eelgrass, a rare and sensitive habitat which harbours a wealth of wildlife, has increased in area and density. It is protected in the MNR by marker buoys and by providing moorings for visiting boats - eelgrass is easily damaged if anchors are dragged through it. The environment at Skomer has also been identified as Wales‘ only Important Plant Area (IPA) for marine algae, with over 240 species recorded. CCW Marine Conservation Officer for Skomer, Mark Burton said: “Keeping an eye on the Marine Nature Reserve which is only accessible by boat can be a challenge. This is especially tough in rough weather where winds of over 110 mph and waves over 13 metres high have been measured.” Burton’s duties include maintaining the site’s oceanographic monitoring and weather station. CCW collates data on temperature, salinity, turbidity, chlorophyll, PH and oxygen from probes on the seabed of the Skomer MNR which I used as part of a UK wide research project on climate change. The MOBOTIX solution withstands the ever changing weather on Skomer Marine Reserve Officers also need to manage human activity, so that it is in line with the conservation objectives of the site. More than 145,000 people have visited the Marine Nature Reserve exhibition at Martin’s Haven. Add to this more than 40,000 divers have explored the MNR – either for pleasure or to contribute to the survey and monitoring work. “We also need to make sure that illegal fishing does not occur within the protected area but with limited staff, it was felt that a remote, high resolution camera would be a major benefit,” explains Burton. All weather capability essential Based on a requirement for extreme reliability and ability to work in all-weather conditions, CCW selected a MOBOTIX solution from Ecl-ips; a highly regarded Advanced MOBOTIX Partner. The MOBOTIX M24-SEC cameras are installed within a converted coast guard hut on the mainland overlooking the island and provide wide angle coverage across several key locations such as protected scallop beds and wildlife areas.The M24-SEC MOBOTIX cameras offers a higher 30 frames per second capture at megapixel resolutions. The two new cameras each have a 60 degree lens system. Together, the cameras can cover critical areas of the island and estuary from its vantage point in the coast guard hut. Featuring a 64 GB of internal storage capacity, the M24 cameras can ensure that even if a communication link is lost; the island can still be monitored with recording for later analysis.CCW accesses the system via a fibre optic link and all footage is recorded for 10 days. Burton said: “The system also tags movement events and can generate an alert whenever a vessel comes into the area of coverage – this is useful for monitoring any illegal fishing within the area.” The M24 cameras use a decentralised solution that is easy for conservation officers to control "High Definition protecting stunning natural beauty"The high resolution images produced by the camera allow for accurate identification of objects within the field of vision. The megapixel capability also offers software-based zoom capability without the need for an additional mechanical PTZ enclosure. In common with all MOBOTIX cameras, the installation uses a decentralised concept which places intelligence within the camera. Through decentralisation, CCW avoids the need for any additional costly video capture, encoding or storage devices. Conservation Officers can control the cameras using a simple internet browser with all video images viewed from a simple PC or even mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets. This technology innovation makes the monitoring process extremely flexible while reducing cost and complexity. The cameras also have two way audio capabilities which allow ad-hoc communication between the mainland and the hut on the island. To date, the cameras have proven extremely reliable and withstood extreme temperature changes and weather conditions without fail. The system was installed by Worcestershire based MOBOTIX partner Ecl-ips, a specialist in delivering environmental and security threat management. “The implementation by the team from Ecl-ips was extremely professional and the cameras have worked well ever since,” Burton adds. The real-time images have been made available to the public through the CCW website and also provide a guide for groups preparing to scuba dive or sail in and around the island. The installation is the first of its kind within a Marine Nature Reserve. The use of this innovative visual technology is helping to raise awareness and protect wildlife.