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 w...
The SharpEye™ sensor operates in X-band frequency and is contained in the upmast antenna turning unit Kelvin Hughes (www.kelvinhughes.com), a global supplier of navigation and surveillance systems, can announce the success of its solid-state SharpEye™ radar at a Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) demonstration in Virginia, USA. The U.S. Department of Defense’s Stiletto Maritime Demonstration Program's Capability Demonstrations allow participating indus...
DRS’ Technical Services group will continue to provide MRO services to Coast Guard C-130 aircraft for one year DRS Technologies, Inc., a Finmeccanica Company, announced recently it has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) to continue its maintenance, repair and overhaul work at the U.S. Coast Guard Aviation Logistics Center in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. Under the contract, DRS’s Technical Services group will continue to provide maintenance,...
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.
Brighton CCTV selected Seagate as an additional partner for the project to deliver the surveillance storage solution British Airways i360 is a 162-meter (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 meters (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 organizations, 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 organizations 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 organizations 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 Defense 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 organizations from nine countries are also supporting the project’s activities. Save
Skomer Island off the Welsh coastmonitors wildlife usingMOBOTIX cameras 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 gray seals, and from tiny, colorful 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 fiber 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 decentralized 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 decentralized concept which places intelligence within the camera. Through decentralization, 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.
Z:NightOwl M consists of third-generation thermal imager with an optimal megapixel detector The Optronics business unit of Airbus Defense and Space is to supply an undisclosed Middle Eastern country with a large number of Z:NightOwl M combined opto-electronic and infrared imaging systems for the protection of its borders and coastlines. The contract has a value in the tens of millions of euros. The surveillance system has been specifically developed for extremely long-range observation purposes. It combines a very large field of view for wide-area observation and detection with an extremely small field of view for identification. It thus fulfills the highest requirements for the seamless protection of land and maritime borders. The system has furthermore been designed with warmer climates in mind, so as to deliver optimal vision at long ranges even under adverse conditions such as air turbulence and haze. Z:NightOwl M consists of the third-generation thermal imager ATTICA M-ER with an optimal megapixel detector as well as an eye-safe laser rangefinder. It offers extreme magnification through a 200x continuous zoom. The system can optionally be further equipped with a near-infrared (NIR) or a short-wave infrared (SWIR) camera. It can be easily integrated into existing systems or those under construction for the protection of borders and coastlines. The Optronics business unit of Airbus Defense and Space designs, develops and manufactures optronic, optic and precision-engineered products for military, civil and security applications at its German sites in Oberkochen and Wetzlar, as well as in Irene (South Africa), Belo Horizonte (Brazil) and Sidi bel Abbès (Algeria), and has around 800 employees. These optronic products are used globally by armed forces and security personnel for monitoring, identification and classification purposes, as well as for highly precise measurement, evaluation and targeting. They are deployed on various platforms, including submarines, armoured vehicles, manned and unmanned aircraft and satellites, for land, air, sea and space missions.
Airbus Defence and Space will need to address illegal immigrant trafficking networks, terrorist groups and piracy Airbus Defence and Space has finalised the deployment of the National Security Shield (NSS) to the Qatar Ministry of Interior and Armed Forces, covering the entire Qatar territorial waters and land border. It is operated by the Qatar Border Guards and Coast Guards. This unique fully integrated system for all forces is the most evolved solution worldwide. The system includes surveillance towers and surveillance vehicles equipped with different sensors such as radars, cameras and direction finders, distributed throughout the territory. Consisting of land sectors, coastal border sectors and offshore site, full coverage of Qatari 600 km borders is now achieved. The main threats it needs to address are illegal immigrant trafficking networks, terrorist groups, piracy, smuggling and illegal fishing. NSS can be used by all Qatar Defence and Security entities such as Coast Guard, Border Guard, Navy, Air Force and Land Force, as well as by governmental agencies. All the sensor data and images can be accessed from any of the country’s operational sites. Coast Guard, Border Guard Operational Center (Force headquarters) and the Joint Operational Center (Joint headquarter) are operational, Navy Operational Center is ready for operations. Over the next two years, additional functionalities such as a training simulation system, documentation management, a web portal for external agencies and an enhanced user management will be delivered to further enhance the system. The construction of the Alternative Joint Operational Center is under finalisation; it will be integrated and able to take over all operations at any time. The Air force, the Land Force Headquarters and the National Crisis Center will be connected to the system in the coming months. Furthermore, offshore towers and platforms will be installed and equipped with the National Security Shield, covering the Qatar Exclusive Economical Zone, protecting key assets (oil and gas production) of Qatar.