Selex ES also showcased its IMSS (Integrated Mobile Security System) van in the Security area at Crtical Communications World 2013 in Paris. IMSS is a full-featured vehicle able to provide Blue Light organisations with increased situational awareness.
Thanks to its heterogeneous communications capability and to the flexibility of supported operations, IMSS enables effective coordination and support in different scenarios such as homeland security, critical infrastructure protection, border control, major event security enforcement and emergency support.
The IMMS van contains a TETRA base station, Wi-Fi (using Selex ES’s own Wi-Fi equipment to provide a Wi-Fi mesh), a satellite link mounted on the roof, video surveillance system with front and back cameras and it comes equipped with 15 handheld TETRA radios with charger slots, a video analysis system, a licence plate recognition system, vehicle geofencing capability, along with a command and control console. Coverage ranges up to 5km sq depending on the terrain.
Selex ES business development manager Giampiero Colangelo told Wireless: ‘The van is designed to meet the needs of end users for mobile back up in emergency situations, for protecting VIPs or to provide security for planned events.’
The van establishes its position and the Wi-Fi is set up. To be flexible, Selex chose to use licence free Wi-Fi, which uses the 2.5GHz band at the front end, but the 5GHz band for backhaul. The alogrithyms are changed to make it more secure.
The Wi-Fi mesh can be connected to a variety of sensors, such as perimeter alarms, biological, radioactive sensors and so on. The Wi-Fi mesh is set via six base stations (mounted in ruggedized, wheeled cases for easy deployment), which act as bridges/repeaters between the access points and relay images to the van or to handheld devices.
‘We can cross correlate types of information to pass on to officers in the field,’ says Colangelo. ‘It is a very flexible system. All the information can be sent via satellite to command and control centres elsewhere if the decision making needs to be taken at that point. The satellite uses a single hop at the moment, but we will go to a multi-hop mesh, as if you have more than one vehicle you need different satellites.’
Colangelo says the system is fully customisable. For example, the Italian Carbinieri use analogue radios at the moment and are looking for a way to ensure a smooth migration to new digital radio standards. The van therefore comes with a range of different connectors in the back to handle any kind of IP connection or an analogue system.
The system can be set up in just 15 minutes. If power is available it can connect to an external feed, but it also comes with two generators, which will last for up to a day.
The TETRA system is TEDS ready and is also customisable for LTE when customers are ready to adopt it. The van comes with Selex ES’s Perseus CSP (Communication Service Platform), which enables a wide variety of radio standards to talk to each other.
Colangelo says: ‘You can set up a geofence using the vehicle and the CCTV and correlate that via the Wi-Fi using the video analysis system to detect strange behaviour, which will then raise an alarm.’
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