The danger of terrorists using drones to threaten public gatherings or VIPs is a top priority for most security agencies around the world. Monitoring small, fixed-wing, and multi-copter drones is nearly impossible with current radar. Many UAV’s can fly at tree top altitudes or within urban canyons. (See for example the 43-mile path, which the Gyrocopter pilot took through America’s tightest security zones). A high-resolution, low-altitude, optics platform, that can see in all directions, at all times, is a necessity for documenting the path, which an illegal drone has taken.
AirPhotosLIVE.com has developed a partial response to this high priority need which Congress and Homeland Security describe as “urgent.” Part of the solution involves commissioning our tethered, surveillance, aerostat, which carries a proprietary, 9-Eye, camera cluster, or acoustic sensors, and RF detecting sensors. This aerial platform has 16 years of evolution and use above NYC, Washington DC and San Francisco.
With our multi-camera payload, it can capture high resolution still images. The cameras simultaneously trigger every few seconds using a timer or ground based photographer. They can clearly cover views of the surrounding landscape in a full 360° sphere. This is critical because it prevents any blind spots. Unlike a manned helicopter trying to cover the entire landscape with a single camera, this payload captures all direction all the time. From one tethered balloon, we can cover about 9 square blocks—the size of a major outdoor public protest, rally or religious event.
Unlike most aerial platforms, our system has been granted a Certificate of Authorization by the FAA for locations above Washington.
Our silent, moored system can stay aloft for the entire duration of a large public event. For many solemn events it is inappropriate to have the noise and distraction of a manned helicopter above the crowd. Additionally a tethered balloon seen floating near an event may provide a strong deterrent effect for would be drone operations.
The aerial documentation of the landscape before and during major public events provides an important record of nearly all incoming low altitude unmanned aerial vehicles. This aerial documentation service is not meant to provide live video downlinks. Its purpose is not to take aggressive action against an unlawful drone. Our goal is to provide clear evidence to investigators should there be an accident or attack with a drone. Like most security cameras, this aerial one helps determine where a drone was launched from or where it eventually landed after committing a crime.
This is a low cost, high resolution solution with a superior perspective. It frees up other expensive, short duration platforms such as helicopters, satellites, and rooftop cameras.
Call for a quote to provide your event or facility with long duration monitoring or to lease our proprietary equipment.