Growing demand for border security systems
- 07 Jun 2016
Kelvin Hughes is seeing significant growth in demand for its border security and border surveillance systems.
At the heart of these systems is the company’s patented SharpEye™ radar technology, which enables border protection agencies to detect and track land and aerial targets in the most difficult to access locations.
SharpEye™ solid-state radar technology offers very high reliability. The radar can be deployed, manned or unmanned as the transceiver has no service or maintenance requirements. SharpEye™ for land based security applications is available as two variants. Both are a pulse compressed Doppler radar operating in the X-Band frequency. This differentiates SharpEye™ from Ku and FMCW (high frequency) ground surveillance radars, making it significantly less affected by rain, sea, snow, sand, dust storms and other forms of ‘clutter’.
SharpEye™ SxV - a high performance, lightweight, mobile and self-contained radar, weighing circa 20kg can be transported by personnel, by vehicle and can be rapidly deployed on a mast or tripod. Installation is simple, fast and requires no special training to operate. The radar can be deployed along a border as part of a multi node system or deployed as a mobile vehicle mounted surveillance package. SharpEye™ SxV will provide all-weather, day and night early warning of potential threats.
To compliment the SharpEye™ SxV radar, Kelvin Hughes has developed the first Single Mast Solution (SMS). Radar and electro optical devices are co-located using an advanced PTZ. Cameras and other devices can be mounted quickly on a single, telescopic mast. With one cable connection, the SMS delivers 360⁰ radar and camera surveillance with no blind arcs. The mast can be supported on its own tripod or incorporated into a vehicle.
SharpEye™ Long Range – designed for easy installation on a choice of platforms including a fixed or deployable trailer / ISO container. The SharpEye™ transceiver is contained in the antenna turning mechanism and is the first in its class to employ Gallium Nitride (GaN) power transistor technology, delivering significant performance benefits. The antenna is a 5.5m open array low profile configuration. The Long Range radar provides continuous surveillance as a single unit or as part of a multi-node border surveillance radar system operated autonomously under remote supervision.
When radars, cameras and other devices are combined with Kelvin Hughes’ CxEye™ control and display software, border surveillance can be achieved instantaneously with the reporting of threats achieved automatically or through user-determined parameters. CxEye™ can integrate multiple sensors, such as radar, cameras and other electro-optical devices, into a single, easily interpreted display. Each CxEye™ node can be scaled to form a wider command and control capability.
Jonathan Field, Kelvin Hughes’ Director Security Systems, commented: “The increase in demand that we are seeing for our border control and surveillance radar applications is a reflection of the many benefits our SharpEye™ radar technology can deliver - high performance, high reliability, easy deployment, versatility and significantly reduced through-life costs.”
Kelvin Hughes will be exhibiting at Eurosatory 2016 in Paris 13th to 17th June. For a full demonstration and to find out more please visit Kelvin Hughes in Hall 5 at stand G692.