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Rapid deployment system tightens remote border security
A multi-partner collaboration to develop faster, cheaper, mobile surveillance of remote border regions culminates at Eurosatory when systems developer Atermes unveils the BARIER Sentry Beacon system.
Electro-optics specialist Chess Dynamics are one of six key partners in the international consortium that has each created a critical element, of what is claimed to be, the most advanced system of its kind yet developed.
The concept is that of a rapidly deployable, adaptable mobile surveillance assembly that requires minimal manpower to operate in the field.
A transport and deployment vehicle, developed by another of the partners, transports 4 sensor pods to strategic positions, where each one is deployed ready for service.
The BARIER system is expected to find ready application for ill-defined border regions in mountainous or remote terrain where fixed surveillance modes are impracticable or overly expensive to deploy.
Once in position, as many as eight pods can be controlled from up to 8km away by a single command vehicle. Each pod opens like a large clam shell to reveal a pneumatic mast that personnel can deploy at height of up to 3m, complete with an EO platform carrying a mix of high resolution TV cameras, thermal imagers, laser range finders and communications antennae.
An autonomous assembly of eight pods, mast-mounted camera system and a command vehicle is said to be able to scan a 50km stretch of border.
Chess supplied these elements of the pod, as well as a mechanical rotator to align the mast to the command vehicle, while another partner supplied the solar cell array and charging batteries that power each pod when in service.
Numbers of sensor pods and their command vehicles can be quickly established to deliver remote surveillance along extensive stretches of border regions, being deployed if necessary to close blind spots between static systems and so help control illegal migrancy, for example.
With GPS capability, the BARIER system includes operational software developed by a team of specialists devoted to creating a system with the capability to deliver terrain mapping and with simulators to computer-project camera points with intersecting fields to eliminate blind spots.
"The key advantage of the Atermes surveillance package is its price/ performance ratio," claims Graham Beall, Managing Director of Chess Dynamics.
"Other sophisticated alternatives are available but the BARIER system is cheaper and more effective; smaller scale but armed with very powerful optics that give it a leading edge."
Possible future upgrades for the BARIER system include the addition of illuminators to create 24hr operational capability, while an all-weather variant is believed to be already in the pipeline.
Atermes is the cohesive force uniting each separately developed element of the system and will be displaying a command vehicle and test bed on its stand during Eurosatory.
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