PerpetuityARC Training, part of Linx International Group - the world’s renowned provider of accredited security systems training courses, is responding to a surge in demand, for its portfolio of online training courses. The company is experiencing unprecedented international demand from organisations of all sizes, operating across a wide range of sectors, as they look to ensure they have the skills in-house to coordinate their response to the rapidly changing coronavirus (COVID-19) situati...
Specialist security services provider, Corps Security, takes part in the National Service of Remembrance March Past held at the Cenotaph on 10th November to remember and honour those who have fought for the country. This mark of respect firmly connects Corps Security to its 160-year-old military roots. The company, formerly the Corps of Commissionaires, was founded in 1859 by Captain Sir Edward Walter to address the employment difficulties faced by ex-servicemen on return from the Crimean War....
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....
Airbus and Telespazio (Leonardo/Thales) have set up a partnership to market military telecommunications services using the future Syracuse IV satellites. This partnership will lead to the creation of France’s leading private operator of military satellite telecommunications. It demonstrates the desire for cooperation by European industrial prime contractors Airbus, Thales and Leonardo, as well as the French State, in marketing Syracuse IV satellite capacity for the benefit of armed and se...
The sensor solutions provider HENSOLDT presents its broad range of sensor technologies in the Air, Sea, Land and Security domains at DSEi 2019. For the first time, HENSOLDT will show its newly developed SETAS electro-optical situational awareness system for armoured vehicles in operation. For more information, please visit HENSOLDT at Excel London, booth No. S3-200. Alongside SETAS, HENSOLDT to display in the Land domain several advanced optronic systems such as laser rangefinders and designators, missile protection systems for tanks and a number of rifle scopes. The Electro-Optical Targeting System EOTS II offers a choice of different day vision zoom cameras while the driver sight system SPECTUS II features a low light level TV camera (LLLTV) with unprecedented image quality. The vast capabilities of active and passive radar sensors are shown by the TRML-4D air defence radar and the Twinvis passive radar. ARGOS-II HD multi-sensor system In the Air domain, HENSOLDT to present solutions for airborne ISR like its ARGOS-II HD multi-sensor system, the lightweight observation camera GOSHAWK-II and the PrecISR multifunction radar. Helicopters and wide-body aircraft protects the Airborne Missile Protection Suite AMPS while the modular Kalaetron system provides warning against radar threats but can also be used for strategic Signals Intelligence in an enhanced configuration. Also on display is HENSOLDT’s Mode 5-capable IFF portfolio together with avionics equipment such as crash recorders and tactical data links. In the Sea domain, HENSOLDT features the TRS-4D naval radar system, which is at present being installed on the new German Navy frigates and the US Navy Littoral Combat Ship, multi-sensor optronic masts for submarines and the opto-electronic laser detection system COLDS NG. Security solutions are focussing on radar and optronic sensors feeding the CxEye command & control system and the VADR UAV capture drone.
Sensor solutions supplier, HENSOLDT has successfully passed certification of their MSSR 2000 I identification system (MSSR = Monopulse Secondary Surveillance Radar) by the AIMS Program Office of the US Department of Defense. IFF identification devices This implies that HENSOLDT is the first company outside of the USA to fulfill this critical prerequisite for delivering IFF devices (IFF = Identification Friend or Foe) for the upcoming conversion of all NATO identification systems to the future “Mode 5” standard without any discrepancies. AIMS certification is mandatory for non-NATO countries whose forces are deployed together with NATO nations in joint missions. The current certification confirms that the MSSR 2000 I is both interoperable and reliable when used to identify NATO or allied forces in accordance with the future NATO standard Mode 5 and all previous modes (1, 2, 3/A, C, 4, S). HENSOLDT’s other IFF products have also successfully achieved the AIMS certification process. International AIMS certification IFF systems allow ships and aircraft to be identified precisely by automatically sending interrogation signals The International AIMS Program Office of the US Department of Defense is the only organisation worldwide that certifies the interoperability and technical performance of radar and IFF systems. IFF systems allow ships and aircraft to be identified precisely by automatically sending interrogation signals, which are answered by so-called transponders on board friendly units. Field commanders are thus able to quickly distinguish friendly from hostile forces. High-tech encryption techniques Unlike Mode 4 used hitherto, the future Mode 5 standard employs state-of-the-art encryption techniques to avoid hostile manipulation of the signal and to thus prevent the enemy from tampering with the identification process. By 2020, all NATO states and their partner nations will need to have switched to the new, secure Mode 5 technology version. Moreover, countries cooperating with NATO troops will also have to guarantee compatibility with the new standard. ATC, identification systems supplier HENSOLDT supplies customers all over the world with air traffic control and identification systems for military and civilian applications. Its MSSR 2000 I secondary radar is deployed for military friend-or-foe identification by the US and NATO allied countries all over the world. In the US, HENSOLDT has a long lasting and successful relationship with LOCKHEED MARTIN, using MSSR 2000 I worldwide on their FPS-117,TPS-77 and Multi-Role Radar (MRR) air defense radars since years.
Digital Harmonic, an innovative signal and image processing company founded by Paul Reed Smith, announces the appointment of Mason Baron as Chief Technology Officer. AI, surveillance reconnaissance Baron brings 18 years of software development, large team leadership, artificial intelligence, machine learning, surveillance reconnaissance systems design, and imagery, signal, and radar processing experience to Digital Harmonic. Most recently, he served as Minotaur Chief Naval Architect at Alion Science and Technology. Before Alion, Baron was Chief Engineer of Battle Force Projects at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, where he was a principal designer, lead developer and lead engineer for the Ocean Surveillance Initiative and Minotaur Mission Management System. Mason fielded several significant improvements to airborne surface search radar, video, signal and multi-intelligence data fusion processing that set the current state of the art. Having Mason join us is an important acknowledgment of our existing technology" Advanced imagery “We have developed two foundational technologies with a solid patent portfolio that enable us to provide a leading-edge capability in multiple market segments and are creating waves in the market with novel approaches to both signal and image processing,” says Digital Harmonic’s CEO, Scott Haiges. “Having Mason join us is an important acknowledgment of our existing technology and brings us very high-level expert experience in furthering our capabilities. We look forward to working with Mason on our technology advancements each and every day.” Video processing for surveillance “Digital Harmonic has developed uniquely advanced imagery and signal processing technology. PurePixel fills a critical void in video processing for surveillance that improves the performance of all downstream processing and exploitation and increases the range of effectiveness of existing sensors," said Baron. "I'm excited to help bring these technologies to bear on the most challenging sensing problems across the military, law enforcement, commercial, and medical domains.” Baron holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Tulane University, and a Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.
CLS is proud to introduce at Interpol World Singapore 2019 its brand-new Maritime Awareness System, a unique state-of-the-art platform for maritime intelligence. Extracting actionable Intelligence More and more data are available in the maritime domain today, making it quite possible to monitor large and remote areas. But without the proper tools to extract the information that matters, sheer quantities of data are frightening, overwhelming - and unusable. Thanks to its brand-new MAS platform, CLS gives a key tool to extract actionable intelligence from large quantities of data at a glance. Big data & machine learning CLS’ Maritime Awareness System (MAS) relies on big data CLS’ Maritime Awareness System (MAS) relies on big data, allowing one to receive, store, process and query in real-time huge volumes of different types of data: AIS, SAT-AIS, LRIT, VMS, SAR and optical imagery or ship information. These data are the basis for performing real-time or historical surveillance on an area, fleet, or vessel of interest - and for raising alerts upon events or specific behaviours. Automated detection & data security Based on 30 years’ experience working with the maritime industry, CLS developed algorithms to perform automated detection of ship’s behaviour and to ensure integrity and quality of data. A Trusted Solution for all kind of illegal acts at sea MAS is a trusted solution, helping those who need the right information at the right time for the best decision with an unquestioned level of security & reliability.
BIRD Aerosystems, global developer of Airborne Missile Protection Systems (AMPS) and Special Mission Aircraft Solutions (ASIO), has announced plans to officially launch the OSCAR - Ocean Surveillance Control and Reconnaissance solution, and demonstrate it for the first time at the Paris Air Show 2019. Maritime Domain Awareness Combined with a secure over-the-cloud deployment and multi-sensor integration, OSCAR is an affordable and quick to deploy Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) solution delivering real-time intelligence and threat assessments for the vessels within the country’s areas of interest. Alongside the OSCAR, BIRD will also present its SPREOS DIRCM in its latest production configuration. "Fully autonomous and personally customised for the needs of each customer, BIRD's OSCAR solution drives operational costs down and detection probabilities up, and I am confident that it will be a real game-changer in the field of maritime surveillance and patrol" says Ronen Factor, Co-Chief Executive Officer and Founder at Bird Aerosystems. BIRD’s OSCAR is an ideal solution for a nation’s maritime protection needs "The OSCAR Solution and the SPREOS DIRCM are two of our latest innovative and advanced solutions, that demonstrate BIRD's unique capability of combining operational know-how with high-end technology and engineering capability. We are happy to present them at the 2019 Paris Air Show". Machine-learning algorithms BIRD’s OSCAR is an ideal solution for a nation’s maritime protection needs, as it provides 24/7 protection of the maritime domain and Tier 1 Level of prevention against illegal activities at sea such as Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing, oil theft, smuggling and illegal transshipment, as well as for Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) monitoring. BIRD Aerosystems will also present its patented Self Protection Radar Electro-Optic System DIRCM Fully autonomous and advanced multi-sensor system, OSCAR applies machine-learning algorithms on real-time data sources such as satellite and terrestrial AIS, satellite SAR/EO/IR, LRIT, coastal radars, tactical sensors and more, and uses it to detect, analyse and prioritise suspicious vessels while providing automatic alerts to the user once these threats are found. Autonomous multi-sensor system Once OSCAR detects potential threats, it plans an effective flight plan for the ASIO special mission aircraft which is then loaded into the MSIS mission management system to enable an effective surveillance mission. Additionally, during the mission OSCAR receives the real-time tactical sensor data of the aircraft which is then further analysed and detect additional possible threats. BIRD Aerosystems will also present its patented Self Protection Radar Electro-Optic System (SPREOS) DIRCM, which combines a radar-based confirmation sensor and an active laser jammer to ensure optimal protection against different MANPADS threat types. The patented SPREOS uniquely performs threat confirmation to ensure zero false alarms hence jamming will be activated only once the threat has been confirmed and analysed.
PerpetuityARC Training, part of the Linx International Group has announced that it is making its ‘Managing Security Risks in the Oil and Gas Sector IQ Level 4’ training course accessible to security managers and consultants operating in the sector anywhere in the world, with a new online learning programme. Security risk assessment course The new online course can be studied at the students’ own pace and uses elements of the ANSI/API STD 780 Security Risk Assessment Methodology. It highlights the spectrum of risk elements that have the potential to impact upon the security management of upstream and downstream operations. The comprehensive course syllabus includes: Security risk analysis in oil and gas sector Corporate social responsibility, human rights, and community management Managing activism risk Managing acts of militancy and terrorism against the oil and gas sector Oilfield and pipeline security Refinery security Maritime and offshore security Downstream (retail security) Managing Security Risks in the Oil and Gas Sector The latest addition to PerpetuityARC Training’s portfolio builds on the success of its in demand five-day - Managing Security Risks in the Oil and Gas Sector – accredited Level 4 classroom course, which this year is being taught in the UK, Nigeria and the UAE. Director of Sales and Marketing at the Linx International Group, Sarah Hayward-Turton, states “The course was developed by trainers with extensive operational security experience in the oil and gas sector and is continually in high demand by security professionals and consultants all around the world. By making this valuable training available online we are making it accessible to all.” The new Managing Security Risks in the Oil and Gas Sector online course is available at a cost of £575 excl VAT, with discounts available to members of ASIS and The Security Institute.
The term ‘marine’ comes from the Latin mare, meaning sea or ocean, and marine habitats can be divided into two categories: coastal and open ocean. Video surveillance (VS) applications can cover both types of marine environment with system for ships, maritime ports, onshore and offshore installations, etc. We should want to further analyse VS for ships and try to explain the types of ships on which it can be used, the ways in which VS can be used on ships, the typical certifications in use and what features a camera station must have to be installed on a ship. Starting with ships that have a minimum tonnage, around the world we have: liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers, passengers ships, chemical tankers, crude oil tankers, container ships, general cargo ships and bulk carriers.As the LNG market grows rapidly, the fleet of LNG carriers continues to experience tremendous growth, offering more opportunities for VS Video surveillance for all marine vessels An LNG carrier is a tank ship designed for transporting liquefied natural gas. As the LNG market grows rapidly, the fleet of LNG carriers continues to experience tremendous growth. A passenger ship is a merchant ship whose primary function is to carry passengers by sea. This category does not include cargo vessels which have accommodation for a limited number of passengers, but rather includes the likes of ferries, yachts, ocean liners and cruise ships. A chemical tanker is a type of tank ship designed to transport chemicals in bulk. These ships can also carry other types of sensitive cargo which require a high standard of tank cleaning, such as palm oil, vegetable oils, tallow, caustic soda and methanol. An oil tanker, also known as a petroleum tanker, is a merchant ship designed for the bulk transport of oil. There are two basic types of oil tankers: crude tankers and product tankers. Crude tankers move large quantities of unrefined crude oil from its point of extraction to refineries. Product tankers, generally much smaller, are designed to move refined products from refineries to points near consuming markets. Container ships are cargo ships that carry their entire load in truck-size intermodal containers: a technique called containerisation. They are a common means of commercial intermodal freight transport and now carry most seagoing non-bulk cargo. Today, about 90% of non-bulk cargo worldwide is transported by container. A cargo ship or freighter ship is any sort of ship or vessel that carries cargo, goods and materials from one port to another. Cargo ships are specially designed for the task, often being equipped with cranes and other mechanisms to load and unload, and come in all sizes. Bulk carriers make up 15%–17% of the world's merchant ships and they are specially designed to transport unpackaged bulk cargo such as grains, coal, ore and cement in its cargo holds. For all these ships the protection of vessels, cargo and crew is a priority, that’s why the adoption of VS technology plays a key part in terms of security and safety. Human error is regularly named as a major factor in ship accidents, and one way to avoid it is to aid seafarers by providing them with technology and equipment that is reliable and easy to use in all weather and sea conditions. Marine VS encompasses liquefied natural gas (LNG) tankers, passengers ships, chemical tankers, crude oil tankers, container ships, general cargo ships and bulk carriers Emergency security solutions on ship One of the most important applications for camera stations is during “docking”. Mooring is the securing or confining of a vessel in a particular location with a fixed or a floating object (jetty, pier, ship, barge, buoy, etc.) as various cargo operations are carried out. Docking is the final stage of mooring operations when the ship docks to the jetty. This is a very delicate operation and cameras are very helpful in making sure docking is done without accidents.'Man overboard’ is an emergency in which a person has fallen off a boat or ship into the water, and can happen at any time during the day or night Another important application for camera stations is the Man Overboard detection system (MOB). ‘Man overboard’ is an emergency in which a person has fallen off a boat or ship into the water. Man overboard events can happen at any time during the day or night, in all types of weather and sea conditions, and from almost any location on the ship, ranging from a few tens of feet above the water, to over 180 feet. When these events occur, the immediate availability of important data is crucial. Accurate confirmation of the event including time of occurrence, location on the ship and location in the sea is critical. A proactive detection system must immediately and accurately detect man overboard events and provide prompt, actionable data to response personnel. A typical man overboard detection system can report a MOB event in under 1 second. VS on a vessel can also monitor the engine room at all times and provide a good view of people working on dock, machinery and stowed equipment. But what are the most important features that a camera station must have to work in one of the most aggressive environments in nature? Marine surveillance must operate in one of the most harsh environments in nature Ruggedised reliability in surveillance First of all, and perhaps it’s obvious, but it’s extremely important to have camera stations with amazing reliability. Housing units manufactured from AISI 316L stainless steel, passivated and electropolished, makes the cameras completely impervious to air, water, rusting and corrosion, therefore offering excellent weather protection and increased reliability. Housing units manufactured from AISI 316L stainless steel, passivated and electropolished, makes the cameras completely impervious to air, water, rusting and corrosion Sometimes ships also use cameras constructed entirely from technopolymer, which guarantees high impact resistance and superior protection from external weather agents. Keeping the camera glass clean at all times is another essential feature, and it can be done via a wiper/wash system that greatly reduces the need for maintenance. In the case of PTZ cameras, the best option would be a great pan and tilt speed (up to 100°/s). What is the operative temperature range for the cameras? Sea is everywhere and therefore ships go everywhere, from the Arctic Ocean to the Mediterranean, so we need cameras that have to be fully operational across a wide temperature range. -40°C to +65°C covers almost all areas. Analogue or IP Cameras? Actually, both options can be used, especially for applications like docking where it’s important to avoid image delay (as can happen with IP cameras due to the natural latency of data communication over a network). Marine certifications Last but not least, the certifications: Certifications guarantee the quality and reliability of camera stations. There is no compromise! One important certification is the Lloyd’s Register Type Approval which subjects cameras to rigorous testing for performance, vibration (critical on ships), humidity, etc. The application field of the LR Type Approval is VS in public places (e.g. passenger ships), open decks, enclosed spaces that are subjected to heat generated from other equipment, and technical premises. Often, VS cameras used in specific areas of ships, such as hazardous areas, are required to have ATEX and IECEX certifications.
(Image credit: Antonio Scorza / Shutterstock.com) The era of the “killer robot” hasn’t arrived, exactly, but it may not be far off. Police and the military have been using these machines for decades now to disarm bombs and provide reconnaissance in areas where it would be risky to send officers or soldiers. When Dallas Police equipped a robot with an explosive device and sent it in to take out a sniper who had killed five officers, it raised eyebrows and conjured images of a gun-slinging RoboCop. It was the very first time a robot had been used to kill a suspect. The suspect had barricaded himself inside a parking garage and threatened to kill more police. Equipping the robot with a bomb was an “off label” use for which it has not been designed, according to Sean Bielat, CEO of Endeavor Robotics, the nation’s leading builder of robots for the military and public safety. Experimenting with military robots His company has sold more than 6,000 systems with most going to U.S. or foreign militaries and a few hundred acquired by police departments. He doesn’t know if it was one of his units that was sacrificed to stop the sniper. Even the military has never used robots to kill the enemy. The U.S. Army has experimented with equipping robots with machine guns and even deployed three units to Iraq in 2007, but they never saw combat. Security and military robots are designed to save lives, not take them.“Our robots are tools for standoff,” explains Bielat. “We provide distance in time and space from dangerous objects, dangerous substances and dangerous situations.” Endeavor Robotics is the former military division of iRobot, which makes the popular Rumba vacuum robot. Earlier this year, the new company was formed with financial backing from Arlington Capital Partners. Its robots are used for bomb disposal and have become a common sight in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, where they are used to disarm roadside bomb – Improvised Explosive Devices as they’re commonly called. Security and military robots are designed to save lives, not take them(Image credit: ell2550 / Shutterstock.com) These bots can also be equipped with various types of sensors that can detect hazardous chemicals or biological agents or even radiation. With cameras and laser sensors they are also adept at providing reconnaissance on enemy movement and location without endangering personnel. “The robots can go in first, assess the situation and then the first responders, the soldiers can react appropriately,” says Bielat. Investigating dangerous situations Experts say it’s unlikely that other police departments will follow Dallas’ lead. Robots are pricy with military grade models going for upwards of $100,000 each. Local police rarely have the budgets to justify blowing one up even to stop a sniper. It’s likely police agencies will continue to confront similar situations with armed SWAT teams rather than robots. An Endeavor robot was used as part of the police response to the San Bernardino shooting last December, where 80 people were attacked by domestic terrorists in a rented banquet hall. “A robot was used to check to see if there were active shooters inside,” Bielat told the press. “It helps law enforcement without putting their own people at risk.” Equipping robots with firepower The idea of a gun-wielding robot also keeps coming up. The Marine Corps is testing a robotic system outfitted with sensors and cameras that can be armed with an M240 machine gun. The Modular Advanced Armed Robotic System has gone out on training patrols at Camp Pendleton. If it survives testing, the bots could be deployed with 13-person infantry squads that form the heart of combat units. With soldiers typically equipped with small arms, the robot could offer extra fire power with its mounted machine gun. In the meantime, robots will likely continue to become more commonplace on the battlefield. Experts predict within the next decade robots are expected to outnumber human soldiers by 10 to 1. Read Part 4 of our Robots In Security Series here Save Save
As the technology in omnidirectional cameras continues to improve, they are becoming increasingly more affordable to a wider segment of the video surveillance market Just a few years ago, omnidirectional cameras were a novelty. Today, however, this technology has taken the leap to the mainstream. Think about how ubiquitous Google’s Street View is, and you can gain a better idea of the power of omnidirectional cameras. Even consumers are starting to see many forms of omnidirectional cameras, from 360-degree lenses on SLRs to 360-degree video from action cameras. To that end, 360-degree cameras represent one of the strongest areas of growth in surveillance technology, with global unit shipments forecasted by IHS to increase by more than 60 percent year-on-year. Omnidirectional vs. traditional cameras Both 360- and 180-degree surveillance cameras offer panoramic views, helping reduce the number of traditional narrow field-of-view cameras needed in a single installation. Omnidirectional cameras can also be used in concert with PTZ cameras, or replace them entirely depending on the application. Not only does this help increase situational awareness, it decreases the overall cost of the cameras, installation and maintenance. Compared to PTZ cameras, omnidirectional cameras have the advantage of being able to pan, tilt and zoom around in both live, as well as stored video, which means operators can pinpoint problems in real-time, ensuring incidents can be resolved quickly and efficiently, and at the same time, go back to stored 360-degree video to conduct investigations. The option for 180- and 360-degree coverage from a single camera is delivered via a specialised lens on one sensor or a camera that integrates with multiple sensors with conventional lenses aligned to provide an ultra-wide-angle coverage. Single-lens or “fisheye” cameras use a specialised lens called a fisheye lens, which, when compared to a conventional lens, employs different optical design techniques that can lead to the distortion of the captured image when viewing beyond a 90-degree horizontal field-of-view. With this, “barrel distortion” can occur, where a circular image is created and a straight line within the captured image appears curved. ‘Dewarping’ software has to be used to correct this optical illusion. As a consequence of lens design idiosyncrasies in 180- and 360-degree fisheye cameras, either an oval or circular shaped imaged is created. Since image sensors used in surveillance cameras are square or rectangular, some parts of the sensor are not used. Increasingly affordable solutions As the technology in these types of cameras continues to improve, they are becoming increasingly more affordable to a wider segment of the video surveillance market. Similarly, higher resolutions and more affordable storage for video data make it more affordable to get increased amounts of coverage and detail at the same time. As mentioned previously, cost savings can also be realised when a single 360-degree camera replaces three to four fixed cameras, a result that can be recreated in other areas or departments within an organisation to help realise additional cost savings. Fisheye vs. multi-sensor Fisheye and multi-sensor cameras both create panoramic images, but do so in very different ways. Fisheye cameras capture the whole scene in a single view without having to stitch images, so the full view of the captured video footage has consistent brightness, sharpness and contrast across the entire scene. Fisheye cameras also offer a number of other benefits: higher reliability as a result of a single sensor, camera and lens arrangement; no blind spots; fixed focus, making installation quicker; lower cost; and a smaller, less obtrusive form factor. Additionally, the dewarping of the image is carried out in the video management system or network video recorder, allowing for higher frame rates at any given bandwidth. Omnidirectional cameras can pan, tilt and zoom around in both live and stored video, which means operators can pinpoint problems in real-time However, fisheye cameras may have fewer pixels per foot, depending on the total resolution, and these types of cameras require client-side dewarping to gain the full benefits of retrospective image adjustment – that is, dewarping of stored video for investigations. Multi-sensor cameras, on the other hand, may offer a higher total resolution depending on the individual resolution of each of the sensors within the camera. Here, dewarping is not required since each sensor is, in essence, a narrow field-of-view camera. Multi-sensor cameras, however, have more than one sensor, which can lead to an overall higher maintenance costs, and with four or more cameras needed to cover a specific area, there is an increased risk that one or more of the sensors can malfunction — in essence, lower reliability. Installation of multi-sensor cameras is also more complicated and more time-intensive. Additionally, the units themselves can be large and bulky, and complex to operator and manage — each view has to be stitched together, which means captured images have to be carefully calibrated with the correct brightness, colour, contrast and sharpness for the image to be as clear and seamless as it needs to be for viewing and evidentiary purposes. Other possible considerations include: additional licensing fees for each camera connected to an NVR or VMS, total frame rate is generally lower and bandwidth usage will be high. Also, storage costs are higher. As businesses look to increase situational awareness by investing in omnidirectional cameras, it’s important to carefully evaluate the technology being implemented and various options before moving forward with an implementation Dewarping images If a camera sends a 360-degree image, the VMS software has to dewarp the image so that users can get normal views while electronically PTZ’ing around in the image. This is called “client-side” dewarping. With client-side dewarping, images can be dewarped retrospectively — that is, stored video can be dewarped, enabling users to forensically analyse a scene after the fact. The result is that investigations can be carried on as if the video were being watched in real time, making the data indispensable to investigators examining the details of a crime or security breach. Not only does this approach deliver new levels of situational awareness, but it also allows officials to use the data to examine additional areas of interest. The virtual PTZ function can only be experienced via client-side dewarping for stored video, and it can also be run on still images. Additionally, different parts of the image might be useful for different applications that are hard to predict in advance. For example, a merchandiser may want to zoom in and look at signage or an end cap after the fact to gain better insight into the business. Client-side dewarping may also be run on mobile devices, on either live or on stored video. One challenge of client-side dewarping is that VMS and NVR platforms have to support this function. There are already a large number of platforms that support this functionality because of end user demand. On the other hand, camera-side dewarping does not require a VMS/NVR platform to integrate this function. Camera-side dewarping means you can only virtually PTZ around in a live scene, which is the same as using a motorised PTZ camera – and this function requires an operator to manually navigate and record what the camera sees. Once these views are fixed, a user may only see those views in stored footage, severely limiting the possibility of being able to capture a wider scene for analysis. This means there may be more blind spots in live and stored video depending on how the views are configured. Evaluating technology implemented As businesses look to increase situational awareness by investing in omnidirectional cameras, it’s important to carefully evaluate the technology being implemented and various options before moving forward with an implementation. There are a number of pros and cons to dewarping software and the views within the cameras to consider. But, with higher resolutions and more efficient dewarping/stitching technologies, omnidirectional cameras may soon replace narrow field-of-view and PTZ cameras in a number of vertical markets, including transportation, retail, education, banking and finance, maritime, leisure and gaming, ushering in a new era of total situational awareness with a wealth of data and insight yet untapped.
The independent sensor house HENSOLDT has been commissioned by Airbus Helicopters to provide the EuroGrid Tactical Mission Computer (ETMC) for helicopters with new functions. The two-year further development contract includes a guarantee for the acquisition of 200 production units in the subsequent years. The new ETMC generation, ETMC-NG, will be based on the computer which HENSOLDT has delivered for a long time to Airbus Helicopters for integration into the NH90, Tiger and CH-53 helicopters. Higher storage capacity for future system extensions Based on the experience gained during their many years of cooperation, HENSOLDT has defined the follow-up model, ETMC-NG, together with Airbus Helicopters and has launched the process to develop this system. Apart from the elimination of obsolete characteristics, the new model will have more computing power, higher storage capacity for future system extensions and new interfaces. For example, a new function for identifying ships and boats will be incorporated, which will allow the relevant data from the crew to be shown in the ETMC-NG display and to be used for mission planning, border surveillance or maritime search and rescue operations.
The sensor solutions provider HENSOLDT has delivered the 300th equipment set for the MUltifunctional Self-protection System (MUSS) of the German Army’s new ‘Puma’ infantry fighting vehicle. Thus, deliveries currently amount to 1,500 devices, comprising 1.200 sensor heads and 300 central units. HENSOLDT is under contract to deliver in total 342 MUSS equipment sets by 2020 to primes Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and Rheinmetall. Apart from that, HENSOLDT’s Optronics subsidiary provides the ‘Puma’ programme with weapons optronics systems, periscopes and driver sighting systems. Enhanced possibilities for protecting armoured vehicles Electronic protection systems like MUSS are opening up enhanced possibilities for protecting armoured vehicles from attacksMUSS was the Active Protection System (APS) selected for the UK DSTL MEDUSA Programme which was delivered by QinetiQ in the UK and Australia. The MUSS was successfully integrated onto the British Army Challenger 2 MBT by BAEs and the capability extensively trialed by serving British Army personnel during the Op User Trials. “Electronic protection systems like MUSS are opening up enhanced possibilities for protecting armoured vehicles from attacks, as is already the case for aircraft or helicopters,” said Thomas Müller, CEO HENSOLDT. “Compared to conventional solutions, we are able to increase the protection level considerably without adding weight or risking collateral damage around the vehicle.” MUSS drastically reduces the likelihood of a hit by antitank guided missiles or laser-guided ammunition and is the only operational soft-kill active protection system for ground vehicles worldwide. It achieves a level of protection which is not possible for the same total weight with passive armour while avoiding collateral damage. Detects approaching missiles and laser beams The warning sensors detect approaching missiles and laser beams aimed at the vehicleEach MUSS system consists of four warning sensors, a central unit, an infrared jammer head, jammer electronics and a smoke grenade launcher. The warning sensors detect approaching missiles and laser beams aimed at the vehicle. The central unit activates an infrared jammer, which interferes with missiles’ guidance systems, and/or initiates the use of pyrotechnic countermeasures. An active protection system like MUSS defeats threats before they strike a vehicle, by sensing them and providing a ‘soft’ response based on jamming or obscuration of the guidance mechanism with no risk of collateral damages. Moreover, MUSS is a discrete solution, which has no significant influence on the vehicle radiation as it features only passive sensors and an infrared Jammer with short activation time, not detectable either in visible or in thermal image spectrum. Expert for decades in self-protection sensors and systems, HENSOLDT delivers major components for the electronic self-defence systems of platforms in the air, sea and land domain.
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.”
Airbus has completed the upgrade of the Port of Sydney VTS (Vessel Traffic Services), through its maritime product family STYRIS®. Airbus’ maritime security and safety solution ensures the complete traffic monitoring of Sydney Habour and Port Botany, both managed by the Port Authority of New South Wales (Port Authority). The recently completed upgrade of Sydney’s VTS to STYRIS® comes after the agreement signed in 2010, when Airbus was initially awarded the contract to supply the Sydney VTS system. In 2019, with this upgrade Airbus offers the Port Authority the latest VTS Product Generation of Airbus, providing an efficient way to manage the increasing vessel traffic while meeting updated local VTS regulations. Radar coverage of the Sydney VTS The Airbus VTS system provides the Port Authority with real-time maritime information Airbus has also extended the radar coverage of the Sydney VTS with the integration of a new radar site, located in Circular Quay, following the relocation of the former 115 metre high AMP Building radar to a new home in Darling Harbour. With an offshore overview for pre-planning all vessel entries, the Airbus VTS system provides the Port Authority with real-time maritime information, helps organise port traffic, provide navigation assistance to vessels entering Sydney waters and ensures smooth operational conditions. Complex environment for authorities The Port of Sydney is arranged in two distinct areas: Port Jackson (commonly named Sydney Harbour), home to the famous and distinct Sydney Opera House and heritage-listed Sydney Harbour Bridge and Port Botany. While Port Botany plays a significant part in the trade handled through the Ports, Sydney Harbour also receives a large number of daily vessel movements, from small leisure boats to the largest passenger cruise ships, through the Passenger Terminals. In addition, there are large volumes of Sydney ferry services that form part of the city public transportation network with its hub is located in Circular Quay. The Sydney waters with their high density of traffic represent a complex environment to manage for the Port Authority, whose focus is not only to drive the operational efficiency of Sydney Ports but also to ensure every movement is conducted safely for all who use the busy waterways. VTS system at Sydney The Port of Sydney becomes ever busier, with over 1,200 vessel visits in 2018 including 350 cruise ships Each year, the Port of Sydney becomes ever busier, with over 1,200 vessel visits in 2018 including 350 cruise ships, some of which can carry up to 5,000 passengers plus crew, and 1.6 million passengers passing through Port Authority terminals. The VTS system is a major component of Sydney waters operational safety management and especially in the monitoring of key events such as the popular Sydney New Year’s Eve Midnight Fireworks, the Australia Day Regatta and the annual 630 nautical mile (1,170 km) Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. Responses to varied scenarios Philip Holliday, Chief Operating Officer and Habour Master Sydney at Port Authority of New South Wales (Port Authority), said: “Managing this port is a particular challenge, especially taking into account the high density of maritime traffic, which is very diverse in nature. Airbus brings state of the art maritime vessel traffic services to support responses to the many and varied scenarios that may arise: From the standard monitoring of the maritime traffic to specific requirements for enhanced reponse capability during unexpected situations.” “The longstanding and successful partnership in Australia between Airbus and the Port Authority continues with a new chapter: the upgrade of the Sydney VTS. Since 2010, Airbus has monitored the traffic of Australia’s main harbours. I’m proud that we can support the harbour authorities in their day to day challenges to make the Australian ports safer and protect people's ways of life,” said Evert Dudok, Head of Communications, Intelligence and Security at Airbus.
EchoGuard receives FCC Equipment Authorisation allowing widespread deployment of the radar for security, surveillance, and airspace management applications. EchoGuard radar Echodyne, the manufacturer of innovative, high-performance radars for government and commercial markets, announces that it has received approval from the FCC for widespread deployment of its EchoGuard radar for radiolocation and radionavigation in the United States. FCC Equipment Authorisation allows the radar to be used throughout the US for ground, airspace surveillance The FCC Equipment Authorisation allows the radar to be used throughout the United States for ground and airspace surveillance applications that detect and track potential security threats with high accuracy and for ground-based airspace management applications that ensure safe navigation of commercial drone missions. Electronically Scanning Array radar Echodyne's innovative metamaterials technology and powerful software combine to create an electronically scanning array (ESA) radar in a compact, solid-state format at commercial price points for the very first time. The radar has been demonstrating award-winning performance for government, law enforcement, security, and UAS / UTM customers for some time via experimental licenses. "We are excited that EchoGuard has received this authorisation allowing its widespread adoption in the US," said Eben Frankenberg, CEO of Echodyne. "With the growing number of troubling drone incursions at airports, stadiums, and other facilities, there is tremendous demand for high-performance radar sensors. Tackling drone threats Eben adds, "Our innovative radar technology and software greatly increases the ability for security systems to accurately detect and track drone threats, as well as improves ground tracking of people, vehicles, and vessels. Our radar outperforms every other radar in its class, is priced for commercial markets, and has proven to be the best mid-range surveillance radar in the market." Features of the EchoGuard high-performance radar include: True electronic beam-steering with market-leading C-SWaP attributes; Long-range detection with high reliability and accurate tracking of multiple, concurrent air and ground targets; and Easy integration into sensor fusion and security systems for unmatched 3D situational awareness.
BIRD Aerosystems, globally renowned developer of Airborne Missile Protection Systems (AMPS) and Special Mission Aircraft Solutions (ASIO), has received an order for additional AMPS systems from the UN Air Operations. Airborne Missile Protection Systems Under the contract, BIRD will provide its AMPS-MV solution, which includes the MACS sensor, and install it on the UN Mi-17 helicopters, that are operating in the most dangerous and complicated areas in Africa. The UN is already using BIRD's AMPS systems, and this is a follow-on order that will allow the UN to install the systems on additional helicopters. AMPS missile protection system provides enhanced protection for military and civilian aircraft against MANPADS BIRD's AMPS missile protection system provides the most enhanced protection for military and civilian aircraft against the growing threat of ground to air missiles (MANPADS). Directional Infrared Countermeasures The system is designed to automatically detect, verify, and foil SAM attacks through the effective use of countermeasure decoys (Flares and Chaff) and by Directional Infrared Countermeasures (DIRCM) that jam the missile's IR seeker and protects the aircraft. The AMPS-MV includes BIRD Aerosystems' patented Missile Approach Confirmation Sensor (MACS) sensor, which performs unique confirmation of suspected incoming missile threats detected by the main electro-optical passive sensors, and practically eliminates any false alarms. MACS ensures that only real missiles will be declared by the system and reacted upon. Missile Approach Confirmation Sensor Ronen Factor, Co-Chief Executive Officer and Founder at Bird Aerosystems, "The UN Air Operations teams are operating in the most dangerous areas and conflict zones in Africa, and therefore have to make sure that their helicopters are safe and protected against the constantly growing threat of MANPADS. As caring for its soldiers is a primary goal for the UN, we are honored that once again, they choose to do so using BIRD's AMPS-MV, the most advanced and cost-effective solution that is available today."
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