PureTech Systems recently announced the completed installation of its PureActiv wide area video surveillance system at two United States Army bases, with a third near completion. The military bases, whose locations must remain undisclosed for security reasons, selected the PureActiv system for protection of its critical infrastructure and key assets and has deployed it sequentially across the three sites. The state-of-the-art installation includes the ability to monitor and generate alarms when a target of interest is detected at the perimeter or near any critical infrastructure. These facilities are spread over an expansive area and incorporate more than 150 thermal cameras.
All cameras on the network feed into the PureActiv advanced video analytic system. In addition to thermal video analytics, PureActiv also provides the ability to steer a PTZ camera to the exact point of the intrusion (Slew to cue) and can automatically follow any threat without the need for operator intervention (PTZ Auto Follow). The system monitors the cameras in real-time and can also be used to perform forensic analysis on recorded video.
The Army Corps of Engineers, which oversees all security installations at US Army facilities, chose Williams Electric Company as the primary contractor to be responsible for installation of the entire camera infrastructure. The camera system includes a combination of fixed and PTZ (Pan, Tilt, and Zoom) cameras, with all of the thermal cameras being provided by FLIR, the world leader in this technology. Dave Mooney, Program Manager at Williams Electric Company Inc. said "This type of project requires a significant commitment from all parties involved. The Corps of Engineers, PureTechSystems, FLIR and the Army itself were all instrumental in making these installations a success."
The PureActiv system
The PureActiv system is used for wide area monitoring of all the areas and provides features such as object tracking, virtual zones, and full video management capability. "The system has very demanding requirements including large coverage areas and some mounting height restrictions as low as 6 feet," explains Larry Bowe, President of PureTech Systems. "PureActiv's geospatial, map-based user interface, combined with its ability to provide long range detection and tracking, met the Army's need for a geo-intelligent system (GEOINT) and we're glad we could provide them all these capabilities in a single PSIM package."' Each of the systems were tested extensively to military standards and are now in full operation. The planning and installation at several additional sites is now underway and is expected to be deployed throughout 2012.