In "Technology Aids The Domestic Terrorism Fight" (LET April/May 2019, Officer.com/21070657), Daryl Johnson of DT Analytics, a private consulting firm for law enforcement, writes, "Although U.S. law enforcement is unable to prevent every, or attempted, act of extremist violence, there has been an increase in using technology to share information, identify and track potential suspects, and better understand terrorist weapons’ capabilities to further enhance domestic terrorism-related investigations and bring terrorist perpetrators to justice."
Daryl continues by suggesting technologies like automatic license plate readers and connecting the Terrorist Screening Center's "watchlist" with law enforcement - but there are so many more products available: high-tech surveillance systems that recognizes weapons via video, portable radar systems designed for border protection and more.
Here are 7 Homeland Defense & Security Products
As featured in the Law Enforcement Product News October/November 2019 issue.
Portable high-performance 3D surveillance radar
EchodyneEchodyne’s EchoGuard Rapid Deployment Kit was developed for surveilling borders, securing critical infrastructure perimeters and temporary events, and enhancing situational awareness. Echodyne’s innovative MESA technology and powerful software deliver electronically scanning array (ESA) radar in a compact, lightweight, solid-state format for the very first time.
- 3D radar performance in a super lightweight kit
- Intuitive radar UI software
- Ruggedized high-performance computer
- Wired and optional wireless connectivity
- Choice of tripod size
- Essential components weigh less than 20 lbs.
The Rapid Deployment Kit is built for field agents, law enforcement, and security personnel charged with temporarily or intermittently securing ground and airspace perimeters. With essential components weighing under 20 lbs., the kit is extremely portable and enables surveillance in the most remote or hard to access locations.
Automated detection of weapons, disturbances, and suspicious behaviors
Patriot One Technologies Inc.This truly unique system automates the detection of weapons, disturbances and suspicious behaviors through existing camera infrastructure. Using computer vision techniques coupled with machine learning for artifact recognition, the solution employs deep learning architecture to alert security teams to anomalies that a standard video system cannot identify.
EhEye is in the process of piloting the solution with an international airport and a correctional facility through the Build in Canada Innovation Program. In addition, the developers also received the support of the National Research Council of Canada. In 2017, they received three (3) awards – two (2) KIRA awards for Most Innovative Startup and Most Innovative Technology and one (1) of StartupFest’s Choice Awards.
“We are very pleased to welcome the EhEye team into the Patriot One family. Their award-winning threat recognition software will integrate into our client’s existing video camera networks offering a first line of defense to detect active shooters or terrorists approaching a venue with weapons drawn,” explained Martin Cronin, CEO and President of Patriot One.
Power system for mission-critical applications
Business WireUNIPOWER’s Guardian Bulk M42 series is a 10RU high 19” rack-mounted DC power system that provides a bulk output of -48VDC. They incorporate six rectifier shelves with up to 23 Guardian family high efficiency hot-swap rectifiers, with a maximum total current of 1200A (N+1). The rectifiers of the Guardian Bulk M42 series are internally fan cooled with speed control and feature ACX advanced controller monitoring to prevent system failures.
Enable backscatter for new missions, building searches, raids, and counter-surveillance
Viken Detection’s Broadwing-LAD accessory for the HBI-120 handheld x-ray imager is a detachable, lightweight, large-area detector that enhances vehicle inspection capabilities for drug interdiction and enables new applications of the HBI-120, including building searches, tactical raids, and counter-surveillance.
The HBI-120 is currently in use by law enforcement agencies around the world and with Customs and Border Protection at the U.S. border. The HBI-120 is responsible for significant seizures of cash, drugs, and weapons concealed in vehicles. The addition of the Broadwing-LAD accessory provides not only a deeper scan but also a larger view of items being inspected, including vehicles, and even allows authorities to “sweep” rooms to ensure safe entry for officers.
Mobile security light tower
Larson ElectronicsThis comprehensive monitoring solution includes a 25-foot telescoping mast, four security cameras with day/night IR capabilities, four LED lamps, one 2TB NVR/router and a 6kW diesel generator for power.
The WCDE-4-4X2MP-PTZ-4X150LTL-LED-2TB-W4G contains four IP security cameras mounted on a telescoping light tower for elevated monitoring. The devices are capable of capturing images in full-HD high resolution (1080p). Auto-adjusting, 4.7-944mm varifocal lens provides up to 20x zoom during use. For nighttime monitoring, long-range infrared LEDs, emitting 850 nm bands, allow the cameras to record targets up to 492 feet away. De-fogging, a polycarbonate lens and an IP66 rated enclosure protects the security cameras from outdoor, destructive elements.
Image processing from the cameras is supported by a 2TB NVR, which is secured and locked at the base of the light tower. This component is equipped with eight channels, video compression, mp4 video offload format, four output ports (VGA, HDMI, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0) and nine Ethernet ports. A dual-band professional-grade router, which supports 2.4 Ghz, 5 Ghz and MIMO, facilitates wireless connection via the Verizon network. A 12-inch external antenna helps extend signal coverage in outdoor work sites.
Threat detection solution
Metrasens North AmericaMetrasens’ mass casualty threat detection solution, Proscreen 900 Plus, bolsters Metrasens’ impressive ferromagnetic screening product line and provides a higher level of security for stadiums, arenas, event venues, hotels, campuses and other areas where security is paramount.
Proscreen 900 Plus demonstrates Metrasens’ commitment to innovation in the security sector and focuses on delivering screening and detection technology backed by rigorous weapons testing and analysis. The result is high throughput, highly effective detection of large mass casualty threat items without the burden of divestiture.
In detailed weapons testing against a series of long-barreled firearms, the dual-screening methodology of Proscreen 900 Plus demonstrates an unmatched detection rate and throughput rate of 50-60 individuals screened per minute (3,000–3,600 per hour).
Handheld counter-drone system
A single SkyWall100 system can protect an area or multiple systems can be deployed from mobile units to protect a large site. SkyWall100 is a handheld system that gives a mobile operator the ability to physically capture a drone in a specifically designed ‘drone entangling’ net. It uses compressed air to launch a projectile up to the drone after the operator has targeted it using the onboard SmartScope. SkyWall100 can be used as a standalone drone defense system but can also be integrated with a wider security system, using the Skylink module, to offer a highly capable counter-drone package. The SkyWall100 system has a number of built-in safety features that ensure it can only be operated when all safety-critical elements are functioning correctly.