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Kelvin Hughes launched its drone detection system earlier this year incorporating SharpEye SxV 360 degree radar and electro optic cameras with the Single Mast Solution (SMS) security system.

At the defence trade show DSEI 2017 at London Excel this week on stand S4-110 Kelvin Hughes is demonstrating the update of its drone detection and tracking. The SMS-D (pictured, ‘D’ for drone) is a dedicated drone detection and tracking system now featuring a thermal camera and video tracker that acquires the drone target using the initial radar detection information.

The firm says that once the thermal camera and video tracker has acquired the target it will enable a visual identification and track. The combination of the camera mounted on a pan and tilt system that provides a means to calculate the altitude of the drone. The SMS-D therefore is able to operate as a 2D sensor system providing 3D target information whereby the radar provides the range and bearing. This data can be outputted to a third party for counter measures.

The firm says that the SMS-D detects out to 2.2km when in high power mode. The product can be deployed on a mast, on a vehicle or on a perimeter.

Jonathan Field – Director of Security Sensors and Systems at Kelvin Hughes said: “Combining an electro optic sensor and a powerful video tracking processor with a highly sensitive radar sensor such as SharpEye, which is renowned for its ability to detect small Radar Cross Section (RCS) targets in cluttered environments, brings to the market a ‘single mast solution’ that is easily deployed and costs a fraction of the military grade detection and counter drone systems currently available.”

Also on the Kelvin Hughes stand; a distributed command and control scenario, to enable visitors to understand and interact with a real security and surveillance system covering border, critical infrastructure, mobile patrol unit and deployed drone detection scenarios. Each scenario represents a single node, brought together by CxEye.


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