Presidential debate monitored for live aerial attacks

Las Vegas, Nv (USA)

The new A2000 is the first Spotter RF radar specifically designed for drone detection-and-defeat applications.

The U.S. Presidential Debate held on October 19th at the UNLV Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, was the first such debate monitored not only for ground threats but also aerial threats, by using Spotter RF’s new award-winning A2000 CSR created especially for monitoring low-flying UAVs (drones).

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) deems presidential debates to be National Special Security Events (NSSE), as they may be a potential target for terrorism or other criminal activity.

Spotter RF collaborated with Milestone Systems and the NMS Spotter XP plugin was used to secure both air and ground perimeter at the high profile debate in Las Vegas.

Working closely with Las Vegas public safety authorities, UNLV security and federal agencies, the security solution teaming Milestone Systems, NMS and Spotter RF was tasked with threat detection and rapid response law enforcement communications. Milestone Systems advanced video management software (VMS) a solution favoured by many law enforcement officials, has been successfully deployed during previous Presidential Debates in 2012 and 2016. Spotter RF radar supported the latest implementation in Las Vegas with the Spotter XP plugin to provide all-weather, day or night surveillance over wider areas and in the air.

“Spotter RF radar helped provide all-weather, day/night surveillance at great distances, over a wide areas and in the air,” states Reinier Tuinzing, Strategic Alliances Manager, Americas, for Milestone Systems. “The integration of our IP video management software and compact Spotter radar device provides a wide defense dome around and above the protected venue.”

The new A2000 is the first Spotter RF radar specifically designed for drone detection-and-defeat applications. This innovative and affordable radar has also been named a 2016 Security's Best Award recipient at the recent ASIS 2016 security trade show held in Orlando, Florida.

The A2000 is able to detect small quadcopters at a range of 1,000 metres - the longest range of any other Spotter RF model for that size of target. It is specifically tested in conjunction with drone deterrence technology to provide early detection, tracking and interdiction against drones threatening critical infrastructure such as power plants, substations, bridges, small airports, dams, stadiums and first-responder environments requiring firefighting or law enforcement.

“The successful deployment of this solution recognises the potential of combining the power of Spotter radar with Milestone’s advanced video surveillance,” states Logan Harris, CEO for Spotter RF. “The rapid adoption of low-flying aerial drones has increased the burgeoning threats that can endanger people, first responders, and vital infrastructure currently wide open to terrorist and other serious attacks.”


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