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Tactical Surveillance

With the increasing threat level to public and private sectors, government agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as well as numerous private entities are investing increasingly in proactive counter measures. Tactical Surveillance describes a well-planned and strategic superset of a standard surveillance approach. A Tactical Surveillance system usually provides more information and functionality than a conventional surveillance system. Equipped with additional sensors and actuators, such as long range zoom lenses, long range Thermal Imaging Sensors for night vision, target tracking and illumination capabilities, high precision encoders for accurate positional information for pan and tilt combined with GPS locating features these systems can be adapted to a variety of specialty tasks. A built-in intelligent information-processing unit ties all of the sensors and actuators together into a functional system. These processing units can be reconfigured to meet different application requirements.

Here are some typical application areas:

Security Applications

  • Large Perimeter Intrusion Detection (Power Plants, Airports, Port, Industrial Settings, Border Control)
  • Areas where illumination is difficult or unwanted
  • Long range detection
  • Military (Sniper location, Insurgency detection, Perimeter protection, Force protection etc.)
  • Government and Public Facility surveillance
  • High Value Residences
  • Large Event Surveillance
  • Law Enforcement (Hostage Situation, Perpetrator location or observation, Airborne, Maritime and Ground Enforcement)
  • Private Investigation
  • Situational Awareness (Layered Situational Awareness using multiple cameras for 100% coverage)
  • Fire fighting, Disaster Recovery (Victim location)
  • and others

Long Range Night Vision
Image taken with an infrared camera. Five subjects have been detected in an open field at night with little or no visibility to the human eye or a day vision camera. The red areas indicate a breach of threshold. A laser range finder can now be used to determine the exact distance between the Tactical Surveillance System and the subjects. The encoder feedback from the pan and tilt axis together with the distance information from the laser range finder allow for exact GPS coordinate calculation.

The TASS system can “lock-in” on the subjects and track them automatically.

long range night vision image

Building/Parking Lot Surveillance
This thermal image shows clearly the perpetrator trying to break into a parked car. Also note the white glow from underneath the car, indicating that the car is radiating heat. The car seems to be still running. Also, the backlights or break lights seem to be on, or they have been on very recently based on their heat signature.

thermal image of perpetrator

Intrusion Detection
This thermal image shows a person climbing over a fence. The difference in body heat versus the ambient temperature makes the body appear bright white in the image. No external source of illumination is required.

thermal image of intruder

Port/Harbor Security
The image to the left shows a large vessel. What is interesting here is that in the bottom front there is a large plate that probably has been added to the original structure of the vessel. It appears cooler than the rest of the vessel.

A color lookup table has been used here to create an artificial post-coloration of the thermal image. With this technique it is easier to distinguish between different temperatures in the image, rather than looking at gray levels only.

thermal image of large ship

The US Military has developed a specific protocol for “Tactical Automated Security Systems” – the “TASS Protocol”. The motivation behind this standard protocol is to make all Tactical Surveillance Systems compatible with each other, regardless of their configuration and capability. The implementation of TASS systems becomes therefore system and vendor independent. Surveillance Systems from different vendors and of different types can now be easily networked in order to cover larger areas, such as for border control etc. We at moviMED are intimately familiar with the TASS protocol. Many of our systems are equipped with the TASS protocol. One application in particular stands out where we managed to have the PTZ (Pan, Tilt and Zoom) platform of the Tactical Surveillance System follow a signal from a Ground Radar System. The Radar System would alert the Tactical Surveillance System and command the pan and tilt motion platform to follow the positional information gathered by the radar.

night vision and thermal-imaging camera systems for tactical surveillance

FLIR Thermal Security Cameras offer night vision, thermal-imaging systems for virtually every security application. Thermal imaging offers advantages over daylight or lowlight cameras in applications where lighting is impossible, too expensive or long-range performance is required. For border security, port security, and critical infrastructure applications thermal imaging has proven vital to threat detection initiatives. Even with the best lowlight or daylight cameras, there are contrast-starved situations where a thermal imager outperforms all other sensors. Force protection, threat detection, surveillance, security — moviMED has a system that meets your specific needs. Our camera systems offer a variety of solutions. Our Tactical Surveillance Systems can be quickly and easily customized to meet your unique requirements. We have embedded and PC based controller options available as well as remote control capabilities.

Each camera system can be designed to be self-contained and capable of remote operation by a variety of interface options. Our system integration specialists have experience with major defense contractors in addition to non-military companies. We have worked with a variety of protocols to develop interfaces that enable moviMED camera systems to integrate into specific networks.

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