SpotterRF eyes aviation applications for C40
SpotterRF is seeking airport customers for its C40 Compact Surveillance Radar, following a spate of perimeter security breaches in the United States.
“While billions of dollars are spent protecting the ‘front door’ in vulnerable infrastructure environments, 87 per cent of US airports have not performed threat assessments of the perimeter,” SpotterRF Chief Executive Officer Logan Harris said in September while launching the C40.
Perimeter security at US airports is under close scrutiny after three high-profile incidents in recent months – at Philadelphia International in March, St George Municipal Airport in Utah in July, and New York JFK in August.
“Recent security breaches demonstrate that bridges, power plants, nuclear facilities and even smaller airports remain vulnerable to theft, vandalism and terrorism. The Spotter C40 solves this problem,” he added.
Leveraging technology previously available only to the US military and homeland security agencies, the 680 g Spotter C40 is designed to provide all-weather, 24-hour coverage regardless of visibility at a cost of less than USD12,000. A single C40 radar (23x18x4.5 cm in size) and a complementary infra-red camera reveal movements within a 8 ha radius by line-of-sight. The small X-band radar can detect individuals on foot at a range of up to 350 m, and vehicles at up to 500 m. The C40 runs on electric or solar power and can be installed on top of buildings, fences or poles.
C40 radar with camera. (SpotterRF)
The C40 (the ‘C’ denotes it as a commercial product) results from a redesign of earlier military-grade models, which reduced its cost, size, weight and power requirements, Harris told IHS Jane’s. He would not name most of his customers, but said that M600C radars are keeping watch on five strategic bridges in Maryland and at major dams nationwide.
SpotterRF offers its full line of radars to airport customers, but Harris sees the C40 primarily serving in a gap-filling role for radar coverage at top-tier airports. He insisted that the C40 can provide enhanced perimeter security at the smaller commercial airports and general aviation facilities at a fraction of the cost of other perimeter intrusion detection systems (PIDS).
Harris seeks to demonstrate his radar technology at US airports and discussions are ongoing. “We are very interested in setting up a test in partnership with an airport,” he said. “Airport perimeter security is a good fit for our new radar. Airports have wide-open spaces, a good field of view and flat terrain. We expect the C40 will perform quite well in this application.”
SpotterRF is not the only company to launch new perimeter security technology in recent months. In August, Magal S3 subsidiary Senstar unveiled a new Long Range Fiber Optic (FiberLR) PIDS.
According to Senstar, FiberLR offers the most accurate long-range fibre-optic PIDS technology, with location detection of intruders to within 8 m. With a single sensor unit, FiberLR can protect perimeters with a range out to 16 km.
Senstar President Brian Rich said that the FiberLR product has a “self-healing” feature that prevents coverage gaps if the sensor cable is cut