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14 May 2014

AUVSI 2014: Aero Surveillance’s State-of-the-Art Airborne Surveillance Solutions

Aero Surveillance develops and markets, on a global worldwide basis, products and services derived from the integration of innovative airborne sensing technologies applied to manned and unmanned aircraft systems. The company leverages and combines knowledge in newly designed UAV platforms and advanced mission sensor technologies with the many years of experience the company has acquired in the development, commercialisation and operation of airborne sensor processing technologies. Aero Surveillance primary mission is to offer state-of-the-art airborne surveillance solutions and services for a wide range of government and commercial applications. It is focused on designing and delivering innovative, reliable and easy to use solutions that will reduce the customers’ operating risks, potential or contingent liabilities and operating costs.

The overarching goal is to substantially improve operational effectiveness at affordable price points. By providing solutions designed for global markets, yet based on open and modular architectures, Aero Surveillance offers a full line of modular systems and platforms that can be adapted quickly and cost effectively to specific countries and application requirements.

Sensor suite solutions include the ARDENT (Airborne Real-time DEtection and NoTification), a scalable airborne surveillance system that can be adapted on both manned and unmanned aircrafts and that includes: A range of imaging sensors integrated in a gyro-stabilised gimbal, a choice of rugged computers for mission/sensor processing and storage, and a choice line of sight and beyond line of sight data-links. The ARDENT systems is capable of acquiring, storing and processing sensor data as well as disseminating resulting intelligence, based on Linux or Windows and open standards for both protocols and data formats.

Aero Surveillance recently announced a new partnership with Aero Composites Innovations (ACInnov) to focus on advanced Small and Medium Tactical fixed wing surveillance solutions. The first system coming from the collaboration is the Aero Surveillance AS 20 based on ACInnov R2 rhomboid aircraft, a highly miniaturised ARDENT sensor suite and a portable Ground Control Station. The AS 20 has a 10kg max take off weight capable of up to 1.5 hour endurance. and up to 220km/h speed for missions that require high speed operations.

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