Vislink, a British company specializing in the collection of video and associated data from surveillance cameras, has been contracted to equip Chicago’s Fire and Police Department helicopters with airborne surveillance technology.
Motorola Solutions, Inc., a provider of communication systems, contracted Vislink to fulfill Motorola’s contract with Chicago’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC). Vislink will supply its HD/SD KamelyonT HDX-1100 digital aircraft transmitter and cockpit-mounted serial control panel units, all operating in the 6.5GHz-band, for air-to-ground surveillance by the city’s helicopters, the company says.
The airborne units will transmit to four permanently rigged, ground-based LYNX “Diversity” L2174 receiver sites as well as three further receivers installed in mobile fire command vehicles, according to Vislink.
The installation, initiated by the OEMC, is designed to further strengthen tactical and strategic surveillance and response capabilities in advance of the city’s hosting of the Group of Eight (G8) and NATO Summits in May 2012.
The entire system will be designed by Vislink to provide a vast range of surveillance capabilities for the city’s Fire and Police Departments, including the ability of the fixed receiver sites to simultaneously receive real-time images from two aircraft, the company says. In addition, night vision capabilities will be enhanced, while site control and Internet protocol (IP) video backhaul will be achieved by using high capacity point-to-point IP microwave radio systems in a ring configuration, Vislink says.
Several different types of antenna systems will also be deployed to assist with tactical and long-range operations, the company says. In addition to the hardware, Motorola Solutions purchased a multiple-services package from Vislink that includes site survey; design; frequency coordination; engineering; fabrication; assembly; integration; turn-up; testing and acceptance.