Wide area surveillance poses a number of challenges. When faced with multiple potential intrusions, security personal and soldiers in theater need to be alerted as early as possible to allow for interception or countermeasure. A few minutes can make a big difference.
Electro Optical Industries, formerly HGH Infrared Systems, designed the Spynel to address these challenges. The Spynel displays and analyses high resolution 360-degree thermal images, in real time: all threats are viewed, automatically detected and tracked up to the horizon, at all times, wherever they come from. No area goes uncovered, including large airfields, wide desert areas around FOBS and compounds, land and maritime borders, ports entry or estuaries.
As a standalone surveillance system or as an added of capability to systems already in place, the Spynel bring eyes on the whole perimeter.
The potential for danger at borders all over the world is a very real concern as of late with regard to the high risk of terrorism and drug/human trafficking. In areas such as the Southern US border there has been a sharp increase in the number of armed drug and immigrant smugglers that require heightened levels of surveillance. Actionable intelligence needs to be provided to patrols in the field. But technologies providing information to the Border Patrol personnel need to address a very specific set of challenges: Surveillance equipment must be able to endure consistent exposure to harsh environments in remote locations. In addition, Detection and Tracking technologies have to face highly cluttered environments, at times filled with tumbleweeds and a wide range of animals, the geography itself can also present its own intricacies as line of sight is not always available as rugged hills can be part of the landscape’s fabric.
The course of the past ten years has seen a dramatic surge in the popularity, accessibility and number of people acquiring small UAVs for either commercial or recreational use. By 2020, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) expects the number of UAVs flying in the US to be as many as 30,000. This figure is concerning given the recent number of incidents involving UAVs flying in the vicinity of or landing on critical infrastructures all over the world - the White House, the Prime Minister of Japan's office, the Golden Gate Bridge, nuclear sites in France, prison facilities as a means for getting contraband in - to name just a few. Traditional security measures such as acoustic sensors or radars fail in detecting the low speed and low electromagnetic signature of small UAVs, making unconventional and more modern technologies such as infrared thermal technology the best option available in being able to detect these news threats from harming people or destroying critical infrastructures.
Conventional security solutions that have been the hallmark of prison security in years past have not been able to adequately tackle the new challenges presented in the 21st century where there's been a dramatic increase in the number of incidents of inmates escaping and illegal contraband being brought in from the outside-drugs, cigarettes and cell phones are all big ticket items for inmates inside the walls. They are able to use the contraband to continue their criminal enterprises while still in prison. This presents dangerous situations for other inmates, guards, and the general public in the community where the prison is located. Surveillance solutions traditionally used for purposes of wide area surveillance surrounding correctional facilities or other critical infrastructures generally requires installing dozens of fixed cameras to a network to attempt to cover the complete 360 degree perimeter of the prison yard. This solution results in an over inflated cost of system acquisition, training and maintenance.
In the past 10 years, terrorist threats on critical assets nationwide and national assets abroad have made intrusion detection and perimeter security a priority for the private sector and the government alike. Traditional security measures include CCTV cameras and patrols, but night surveillance requires additional surveillance equipment. Each critical site’s environment is varied and can sustain high traffic during from local staff, visitors and animals that do not represent a real threat.
Airport Security officials’ mission is to detect and track intruders, assess threats, coordinate responses (whether human patrols or automatic door closing) and gather evidence for law enforcement prosecution.