Homeland Security Applications
A key to every successful security strategy is surveillance-generated intelligence to provide threat awareness with sufficient warning to respond effectively. During the 70 years since its invention, radar has become recognized as the gold-standard for 24/7, wide- area surveillance of uncooperative targets. Until recently, only military radar systems had the ability to detect and track the small uncooperative targets that most frequently represent Domestic Security threats. However, military systems are too expensive and have features poorly suited to the homeland security mission.
National Security missions have unique requirements:
National Security missions often involve large distances and unlimited durations. The United States, for example, has 12,000 km of international border and nearly 20,000 km of coastline. A threat could appear anywhere at any time. The Canada-US border, like other countries, has a significant marine component that creates special surveillance challenges and, with Accipiter radar technology, opportunities for detection and interdiction. As a large number of networked radar sensors are required to secure such borders, per-unit costs must be low and operations must have minimal personnel requirements. Accipiter® Security Radar information networks with their M3™ multi-radar, multi-mission, multi-user capabilities offer the pricing, seamless wide-area integration and automation to make this task feasible.
Accipiter's Total Coverage™ Technology provides complete cylindrical coverage of the entire aerosphere with programmable scan patterns to support surface and air surveillance.
Identifying threats within a sea of friendly targets such as thousands of recreational boaters on the Great Lakes is a difficult task for National Security. Accipiter® uses sophisticated target analytics to automatically identify suspicious behaviour in crowded conditions that would be very difficult for human operators to notice, such as a rendezvous between boats originating from different countries.
The benefit of low purchase cost would be lost if radar system operational costs were not low as well. The Accipiter® Security Radar systems are fully network integrated and completely remote-controlled. That means that very small numbers of operators can monitor and be responsible for large numbers of radar sites with minimal travel. Target behaviours of interest can be pre-programmed to alert operators automatically while they attend to other tasks. Accipiter® radars support intelligence-led operations, serving as a dramatic force-multiplier, in operations including joint-force initiatives.
National Security agencies appreciate the importance of intelligence-driven operations. Accipiter® radars store, manage and exploit historical target data as a critical resource to enable intelligence gathering, investigations, asset allocation planning and evidence collection for prosecution. Accipiter’s M3™ target information system not only delivers real-time tactical data but also makes strategic historical target data available to multiple users with multiple missions. Accipiter® radars support a growing list of national security applications.