The city of Frisco, Texas praises an overhead video observation platform provided by BOSH Remote Sensing—a company providing airborne video surveillance—that was used to keep watch over FC Dallas Stadium during the EdgeFest 22 concert held April 22.
The platform consisted of the Emmen Aerospace “Skynet,” a 13-foot diameter, tethered helium balloon that carries a sensor that scans 360 degrees and which tracks objects and can operate in winds of over 50 miles per hour. Using infrared (thermal) imaging, Skynet is operable day or night, and for EdgeFest it flew at an altitude of about 400 feet, streaming video to the Frisco Fire Department’s mobile command center throughout the event.
BOSH’s aerial video augmented Frisco’s emergency response capabilities, giving event management personnel a new and useful perspective, according to Robert Fitzgerald, BOSH’s president. “We’re extremely pleased to partner with the city of Frisco to help enhance the safety and security of their concert guests,” he said.
BOSH’s technology provided officials with larger view of the event than had been available, said Frisco Assistant Police Chief John Bruce. “[With] our old technology, we were limited to a pole camera at 50 feet, and we just couldn’t see the entire facility,” he said. However, Skynet’s aerial perspective helped first responders assist those in need during the event, making it faster and easier to pinpoint locations in the facility, the assistant police chief said. Frisco personnel also used the video feed to monitor exiting traffic and adjust signal light timing as well as to watch for incidents.