Kelvin Hughes


Growing demand for border security systems

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.

CxEye Software

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.”

SharpEye SxV single mast

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.

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