SpotterRF Helps Secure Presidential Debate from Low-Flying UAS

SpotterRF, an Orem, Utah-based provider of compact surveillance radar (CSR), says it helped secure last night’s presidential debate in Las Vegas from ground and air threats, including from small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

The company collaborated with Milestone Systems and NMS to deploy the SpotterXP plugin, used to secure both air and ground perimeter at the debate, held at the Thomas & Mack Center at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).

SpotterRF supported Milestone Systems’ video management software – deployed for previous presidential debates, as well – with the SpotterXP plugin, which can provide all-weather, day or night surveillance over wider areas and in the air.

SpotterRF says its A2000 CSR technology was created especially for monitoring low-flying UAS. The companies worked closely with Las Vegas public safety authorities, UNLV security and federal agencies. The new A2000 is the first SpotterRF radar designed specifically for drone detection-and-defeat applications.

According to SpotterRF, the A2000 is able to detect small quadcopters at a range of 1,000 meters. It has been tested in conjunction with drone-deterrence technology to provide early detection, tracking and interdiction against drones threatening critical infrastructure, such as power plants, substations, bridges, small airports, dams, stadiums and first-responder environments.

“The integration of our IP video management software and compact Spotter radar device provides a wide defense dome around and above the protected venue,” says Reinier Tuinzing, strategic alliances manager for the Americas at Milestone Systems.

“The successful deployment of this solution recognizes the potential of combining the power of Spotter radar with Milestone’s advanced video surveillance,” adds Logan Harris, CEO of SpotterRF. “The rapid adoption of low-flying aerial drones has increased the burgeoning threats that can endanger people, first responders and vital infrastructure currently wide open to terrorist and other serious attacks.”

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