13 Jul 09. FLIR Systems’ Commercial Vision Systems Division announced today the launch of its new H-Series line of hand-held law enforcement thermal imaging cameras. Purpose-built for the law enforcement community, H-Series cameras feature several powerful new tactical features and four times the resolution of competing systems. H-Series thermal cameras let users see things other technologies miss. With prices starting at $4,999, law enforcement agencies can afford to equip every officer with the powerful tactical advantages that H-Series thermal cameras provide compared to legacy night vision devices. H-Series development capitalized on FLIR’s recently introduced Tau(TM) thermal camera core which is lower cost, lighter weight, smaller, and uses less power than any previous camera core.
14 Jul 09. FLIR Systems, Inc. has received an initial $2.4m order for its long-range HRC Multi-Sensor Systems from EADS Deutschland GmbH, a global leader in aerospace, defense and related services. The units delivered under this order will be installed by EADS along the Saudi Northern Border for long-range security and surveillance missions under its recently awarded Saudi Border Guard Development Program (SBGDP). The systems will be deployed on towers along specific sectors of the border and will be networked with radar and other sensing equipment to form an integrated system. Work will be performed at FLIR’s facilities in Danderyd, Sweden and Madrid, Spain. Deliveries under this order are expected to be completed in 2009.
14 Jul 09. VISLINK’s Law Enforcement and Public Safety (LE&PS) business unit received an order valued at over $1.5m to provide strategic video surveillance services for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. VISLINK will work with its partners Zeiss and Telemedia to supply the South African Police Services (SAPS) with a comprehensive helicopter and ground based video downlink system. This network is supported by a combination of airborne, mobile and portable equipment that will include strategically located diversity receive sites enabling police teams on the ground to maximize their surveillance coverage area. The solution consists of both traditional diversity, as well as cellular diversity technology depending on the location. Specific equipment includes: MDR-2 diversity receivers, Link L2024 cellular diversity receivers as well as STRATA portable microwave transmit systems with specialized HPU’s (High Power Units). After the completion of the 2010 World Cup, the SAPS will continue to use these systems for border patrol and general security around the region.
09 Jul 09. EU NAVFOR employs Internet-based comms to assist anti-piracy missions. The European Union Naval Force (EU NAVFOR) has taken the unusual step of partnering with a private company to enhance real-time communication among warships conducting counter-piracy operations off Somalia. Following a competitive process, the UK-based IT specialist Polymorph was selected to develop a software tool enabling secure Internet-based traffic between naval vessels; the contract was signed in April. (Source: Jane’s Navy International)