Eurosatory 2016

Seeing the big picture [ES2016D5]

17 June 2016

As security threats increasingly challenge traditional means of monitoring, so it has become necessary to employ new surveillance methods that not only harness the increased capability of sensor technology, but also advances in analytic processing to reduce operator workload and minimise the chance of missing critical and unpredictable threat activity.

Wide-area surveillance is a key capability in maintaining watch over large areas. Harris (Hall 5, Stand B547) is one of the pioneers in this arena, having produced the Gorgon Stare multisensor turret that has been used in theatre by the US Air Force. Technology from that system was leveraged to create the CorvusEye 1500 turret.

CorvusEye is a multisensor system that captures HD colour and infrared motion imagery over a city-sized area. It can also simultaneously generate views of 10 areas of particular interest, and set ‘watch boxes’ on those areas. It automatically issues alerts to operators if activity changes in these areas. Having a wide-area picture as well as more detailed views provides greater situational awareness, in turn providing more salient information for high-confidence decision-making. The system also reduces the manpower required.

Weighing just 100 lb and housed in a 15in turret, CorvusEye can be carried by medium-sized manned and unmanned aircraft. Applications include event monitoring, homeland security and border patrol, as well as more traditional military surveillance tasks.

In 2015, Harris demonstrated CorvusEye to German agencies, including those from the military and law enforcement domains.

The system was integrated into a Diamond DA-42 light twin aircraft by the Vigilance company from the Netherlands. Next month Harris is undertaking demonstrations of CorvusEye on a DA-42 to a number of countries, including France and the UK.

(276 words)