Blighter B400 series radar can detect and track a walking person at 11km, a crawler at 4.6km or a large moving vehicle at 25 km and then cue a camera system to follow and identify targets.

Blighter Surveillance Systems, a British designer and manufacturer of electronic-scanning (e-scan) radars and surveillance solutions, has partnered with Genetec to integrate its range of Blighter ground surveillance radars with Genetec’s unified Security Center platform.

Blighter’s passive electronically scanned array (PESA) radars, featuring frequency modulated continuous wave (FMCW) micro Doppler fast scan capability, perform well in cluttered airport environments, detecting small and slow-moving targets with minimal false alarms. The radars deliver round the clock, all-weather surveillance capability with detection of crawling intruders or vehicles at extreme ranges of up to 25km.

The Blighter B400 series radar can detect and track a walking person at 11km, a crawler at 4.6km or a large moving vehicle at 25 km and then cue a camera system to follow and identify targets. The Blighter radar can be mounted high up on existing airport infrastructure thereby minimising installation costs and maximising surveillance as the radar can see over obstacles including aircraft and vehicles.

This integration enables airports to fold-in the wide area surveillance capability provided by Blighter’s range of radars, super-charging situational awareness in their existing command and control (C2) systems to deliver round the clock surveillance in all weather and light conditions. The collaboration will also enable the Blighter radar and target tracking data to be shared across Genetec’s other decision management and support systems as well as with its collaborative digital management solution, Genetec Clearance.

“We are seeing a growing number of airports that want to add primary radar capability to their existing security and CCTV systems, so we are pleased to be partnering with Blighter Surveillance Systems to integrate their radars and tracker within Security Center,” said David Lenot, director transportation – EMEA, Genetec.

“This integration will make it easier for our customers to introduce Blighter’s maintenance free solid-state micro Doppler radars and tracker into airports providing improved situational awareness but without adding to the complexity of installed systems.”

Another benefit of the Blighter/Security Center integration is the ability to create dynamic virtual (non-physical) perimeters across an airport site. This is helpful for providing CZ/RZ (controlled zone/restricted zone) separation monitoring but it is particularly useful for the many airports undergoing expansion or enhancement projects. The ability to build dynamic virtual perimeters around work areas is a cost saving measure and a means of reducing disruption inside an operating area that is already crowded.

“The ability to create dynamic virtual perimeters as opposed to putting up fences or turnstiles is extremely attractive for airports,” said Geoff Moore, business development manager, Blighter Surveillance Systems. “It has the potential to save considerable time, money and minimise disruption during construction projects. Working with our radars, the sophisticated Security Center platform can quickly and easily set up zones on a map that trigger different types of action depending on complex configurable rule sets.”

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