Persistent Wide Area Surveillance
Persistent Wide Area Surveillance has proven to be of great value in handling incidents and accidents in a wide variety of circumstances. Not only does it help solve oﬀences and crimes, it can actually help you prevent them. Horus oﬀers a variety of systems and solutions for companies whose main responsibility is the safety and security of people and property. We provide high quality, powerful and user-friendly solutions for the following markets:
• Homeland security (border control, coast guard, airports)
• Armed Forces (reconnaissance, mission planning & evaluation)
• Police (accident analysis, city centers, large crowds, wide areas)
• Security companies (officer safety and situational awareness for control rooms)
• Facility management (construction sites, facility security and safety)
Our systems incorporate three major components: the camera system, data storage and the connecting element: our software.
Always in focus: our immersive camera systems
If you are familiar with traditional CCTV surveillance systems, then you will know that they require a multitude of cameras, a lot of wiring and a corresponding number of screens to show what the cameras are recording. Even for experienced operators it can be hard to visualize the actual situation and to assess threats and dangerous situations. Thankfully, Persistent Wide Area Surveillance systems have changed that. The Horus Safety and Surveillance systems are based on immersive video-capturing. This technology uses a set of cameras that are positioned in a circular array; this setup creates a 360° view from a single location. Given the overlap and high resolution of the cameras, you can digitally zoom in on an area with only a minimal loss of detail.
The images captured by the cameras, normally ﬁve or six per unit, are stitched together by the software and displayed on a single screen. The stitched images can be projected in a panoramic mode that creates a 360° view on one screen, but they can also be projected in a virtual PTZ mode. The system oﬀers the same advantages as traditional Pan Tilt Zoom (PTZ) cameras: the operator can rotate and tilt the camera and zoom in on every single detail. The major advantage of our system in comparison to the traditional PTZ system is that you can use the PTZ function in playback mode. This means that if you have missed the cause of an incident, you can point the camera in the desired direction and zoom in on the location in playback mode.
Horus Safety & Surveillance systems oﬀer superior and immersive imagery. This means that the operator only has to monitor a single screen that provides a 360° image of the surveillance area, which is even better than being at the scene itself. The operator can look around freely, zoom in on every detail and instantly replay the images. This allows for a much shorter response time and helps to make eﬀective decisions in critical situations.
The surveillance systems can be combined with a wide range of automated functions such as motion detection, threat assessment and trigger response. The camera system can be ﬁtted with several sensors and triggers, including IR cameras, microphones and intrusion sensors. The information gathered by these sensors can be used to trigger an alert, but they can also be used by the software to focus on an area of interest. For instance, when the IR cameras see a sudden rise of temperature, the view on the operator’s screen is moved to that direction so that he or she immediately sees the source. A starting ﬁre, trespassers and the dumping of dangerous goods, for example, are highlighted as they occur. The same applies for sudden and excessive noises: a starting ﬁght can be identiﬁed by a scream, the operator sees the source of the noise and can call in security or law enforcement.
Our surveillance systems require less cameras than CCTV systems and use smart data-transmission, thereby reducing the complexity of the technical infrastructure. And with that, a huge cost reduction is achieved. Our systems are based on COTS (Commercial Oﬀ The Shelf) hardware and our own sophisticated, in-house-developed software. Plus there is the option of adding a PTZ-camera to the ﬁxed camera, so that you can recognize a face from over half a mile away. By adding a PTZ-camera, the resolution needed for the ﬁxed cameras can be reduced, which in turn reduces the required band width without loss of detail.
Horus Safety & Surveillance systems are available in three main categories: mobile, fixed and stand alone. Our stationary systems are used in large buildings and open spaces, both public and private, such as airports, railway stations, city centers, government buildings and military bases. Our mobile surveillance systems are applied by security companies, police forces and the army. They are used to help guard the safety of tens of thousands of sports enthusiasts during large sport events and to help the police to keep an eye on mass demonstrations. Our mobile and stand alone surveillance systems are also mounted on police and army vehicles to help monitor potential threats within the perimeter. Wireless communication even allows supervisors to watch along.