Integrated Solutions to Enhance Border Surveillance

Border security systems must take advantage of integrated solutions to leverage effective border surveillance.

FREMONT, CA: It is now more important than ever to accurately identify and determine the intentions of approaching people, cars, and UAS since detection range significantly influences reaction time. With FLIR integrated border solutions, operators can make interdiction decisions more quickly and with more assurance by combining the latest surveillance technology with dynamic, scalable systems.

The Technology

Vision is the crucial element of every border surveillance platform. A security system is defined by its visibility, from the boundaries, high ground, and binoculars to electro-optics and infrared sensors. Eyes-on-thread is the industry standard for threat identification with the expansion of optics innovation in perimeter protection.

Long-range IR imaging enables us to pinpoint humans, vehicles, and other heat-generating tools in any lighting environment. The sensitivity of high-performance IR cameras can capture details in complete darkness and unfavourable weather conditions. High-resolution visible light cameras combined with IR imaging provide unmatched identification in addition to infrared optics' constant detection. Daylight cameras help capture licence plate details, aircraft registration numbers, and individual details.

When conventional navigation is impracticable, unmanned aerial systems rapidly traverse difficult terrain, achieving a new level of mission flexibility. Stabilised EO/IR payloads and advanced video analytics provide an agile system with integrated multispectral imaging benefits. Airborne surveillance is more practical than ever, with flight durations of up to 40 minutes or indefinite in-air replacement utilising numerous UAS.

An Integrated Platform

Incorporating technological advancements offers strategic advantages to defending territories. Using optics, radar, and unmanned systems improves technology's strengths and prevent shortcomings. Radar indicates multispectral cameras to focus on target positions. IR cameras pinpoint armoured vehicles during darkness. Visible light cameras capture elements that radar and IR imaging fail to detect. When line-of-sight is disrupted, drones can assist in reestablishing eyes-on-target. Therefore, all these parts of a surveillance solution play an inevitable part in offering effective security.

Each detection technique is combined into a single, simplified interface by FLIR Cameleon command and control so that GIS mapping, target tracking, and slew-to-cue camera controls may be used to their full potential. FLIR video management software incorporates a nearly infinite number of sensors into a networked system, whether working in the field or from a dedicated command centre.

Versatility and Scalability

A more dynamic, customised solution is obtained by delivering different detection technologies via tapping vehicles, aircraft, and dismounted individuals. The most effective way to dependably complete a 50-mile segment may differ significantly from how to complete the next 50 miles. Integrated solutions act as replaceable, endlessly expandable building blocks.

Although long-range IR and radar offer a great level of coverage, it does not help in achieving target areas that are hundreds of miles away. Fixed mount installations are efficacious, but there is a need for an investment in a gapless perimeter. By providing versatility across difficult terrain, mobile surveillance systems aid in addressing this issue. Regardless of SWaP-C restrictions, FLIR is well-equipped to deploy high-performance surveillance technology as a vehicle-mounted or man-portable solution due to its decades of sensor leadership and innovation.

Ground vehicles help effectively cover various waypoints rapidly, allowing a single operator to access remote and high-risk areas. With the help of the skid-based design, a regular pickup truck may be converted into a mobile command centre. To provide short-to mid-range surveillance from a more robust system, a small camera/radar mast is installed on an all-terrain vehicle chassis for use in more difficult terrain.

The Bottom Line

If there is a fence line, the objectives of people who crawl through the bushes, sneak through the dark, or speed through the desert can be identified. A genuine tactical advantage is created by unified optical, radar, UAS, and command software to instantly identify, track, and intercept approaching threats. For better force protection and more secure borders, these integrated solutions assist operators in making well-informed mission-critical decisions.

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