Prison Surveillance

Conventional security solutions such as fixed cameras, perimeter fencing, have up until recently been adequate enough to effectively monitor the outside of a prison yard, but recent trends in the popularity of UAVs (drones) has also seen this spill over into prison security. Now, illegal contraband - cell phones, drugs or cigarettes - is finding its way into prisons over the perimeter fencing into the prison yard with drone drops. Inmates use these precious items to continue their criminal enterprises while still behind bars, presenting a multitude of dangerous situations for the guards, other inmates and the general public who live in the vicinity of the correctional facility. Traditionally, dozens of fixed cameras were installed to attempt to cover the complete 360-degree perimeter of a prison yard which produces an over-inflated cost for system acquisition, maintenance, and training. 

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Challenges specific to prison surveillance include: 

  • Wide area surveillance of an entire prison yard and its surroundings on a reduced budget
  • 24/7 day and night vision, even in total darkness
  • Equipment must withstand harsh outside conditions (rain, wind, snow, ice, heat, fog, and other extreme environments)
  • Simultaneously and automatically detect and track all types of air, land or maritime targets: UAVs, vehicles, crawling men, etc. in real-time
  • Easily integrate with existing security systems in place to allow for a slew to cue operation
  • Complete zone protection, detect intruders/objects before they reach critical areas
  • Identify and deter illegal contraband (drugs, cell phones, etc.) from being thrown or dropped over the perimeter fencing
  • Capability for stored video and forensic analysis with bookmarked times, dates and location of events
  • Quick and easy deployment even with limited infrastructure 
  • Reduce operator fatigue and cut down on need and frequency of mobile patrols on foot
  • Adapt to site-specific operational conditions and varying security level requirements with a focus on areas of interest: monitoring critical areas with continuous and reliable protection while also able to exclude possible normal traffic during parts of the day (for visitors, etc.) 


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Two or three Spynel cameras are able to adequately cover a whole perimeter where several PTZ infrared cameras would normally be used, making Spynel panoramic infrared security systems the ideal solution for a prison's security needs. Using a continuously rotating head, Spynel produces 360-degree images to detect and track an unlimited amount of intrusions in real time.  Even in total darkness and through inclement weather such as fog, rain, snow and smoke, Spynel's mid or long wave infrared sensors can detect a human from kilometers away! 

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