The Pennsylvania State Police has placed orders with Integrated Microwave Technologies (IMT)—a producer of digital microwave systems for military, aerospace and government markets—to outfit up to seven police helicopters with tactical video downlink systems.
Under the contract, IMT will deliver microwave video downlink equipment to transmit live video to IMT’s PSRx tactical suitcase or MobilCMDR handheld receivers on the ground. When the transmitters are in range of a fixed or mobile IMT receive site, the signal is converted into streaming video onto the state’s existing IP network, enabling the state police, the Office of Public Safety Radio and the attorney general’s office to now view instantaneous synchronized video feeds.
IMT’s “land-and-hand” transmitter and receiver solution gives the Pennsylvania State Police capabilities to support the most rapid response to events, on-scene situational awareness and true interoperability, which can be achieved because IMT’s downlink system tactical receivers can be handed to different jurisdictions and disciplines to support joint response and mutual aid. The fixed receive sites are also intended to be interoperable with any other aircraft from different jurisdictions or disciplines with technically capable equipment, IMT says.
“The real-time tactical video downlink system that the state police have purchased will provide a critical tool to aid airborne law enforcement operations state-wide, ”said Stephen Shpock, IMT’s president.
The new downlink systems will be used to support a variety of law enforcement situations, including surveillance at large outdoor events, search and rescue missions, criminal and drug eradications and traffic patrol inspections, says IMT, which in 2010 provided the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with video downlink receiver equipment and installation services.