Rockwell Collins has unveiled its enhanced Patrol Persistent Surveillance System (PPSS) system for enhanced situational awareness and the constant monitoring of threats against military bases, forward observation posts and other secure facilities. It offers an integerated system that combines sound, vibration and imaging sensors along with sensor data from the Aeryon SkyRanger™ small Unmanned Aerial System (sUAS) and the SpotterRF Ground Surveillance Radar (GSR).
The PPSS is made up of a meshed network of wireless, low-cost ground acoustic sensors that autonomously monitor for sound and vibration along the set parameter line. Once positioned, each battery-operated Unattended Ground Sensor (UGS) will autonomously monitor for sound and vibration along the set parameter line. When a UGS picks up movement, it has very sophisticated algorithms to differentiate human activity from animals.Should it determine the threat is real, the unit instantly sends a signal to the operator and to the nearest camera directing it to slew towards that target. The PPSS system integrates both day/night cameras and laser range finders mounted on pan/tilt heads.
When threat is detected the operator can also immediately launch the SkyRanger sUAS to provide eyes-on-target. Aeryon SkyRanger™ sUAS from Aeryon Labs has capabilities of dual EO and IR payload, HD video, and extended flight range. It has a 5km range and virtually silent operation, The SkyRanger vertical take-off and landing sUAS platform brings secure, real-time and simultaneous tactical situational awareness to ground forces and remote command.
The system also has SpotterRF Ground Surveillance Radar (GSR) weighing 100 pounds or more having range of 10 kilometers for tracking people, and can cover wide areas from a few acres to hundreds of acres. SpotterRF is more like an IP camera with a web user interface and an interface directly into Google Earth. SpotterRF sensors measure range, angle and velocity of the target, and using its GPS position, automatically calculate the target’s GPS coordinates, similar to putting a GPS tracker on an uncooperative target
“The fusion of multi-sensor data by the PPSS enables Rockwell Collins to provide our customers with the right information at the right time to avoid a facility perimeter breach.” said Nick Gibbs, managing director for Rockwell Collins Australia. Rockwell Collins Patrol Persistent Surveillance System delivers reliable, flexible and cost-effective real-time imaging, acoustic and seismic overwatch for fixed and irregular locations.