KIRYAT ARBA, Israel, March 1 (UPI) -- Israel's Mantissa Ltd. says it has developed and successfully demonstrated a miniature radar/surveillance system the size of a personal camera.
The patented system includes a sensor that combines high-frequency millimeter wave technology with innovative software algorithms that enable the radar to function in all weather and to identify threats with great precision, Mantissa said.
The company is seeking an investment of $3 million to complete the product's development and launch it in the world market.
According to the company, the miniature MSHRS-300X sensor demonstrates the capabilities required for securing strategic facilities, critical infrastructures and borders. It works day and night, in all weather conditions and weighs just more than 1 pound.
Its staring antenna enables vehicle recognition from a distance of up to 650 yards and can distinguish people from animals at 325 yards.
The radar provides full information of target range, velocity, azimuth and heading.
Mantissa said it is developing a model of the radar for incorporation into Safe City systems. The radar will enhance the war against crime and direct and supervise urban traffic more effectively and cost-efficiently than the cameras currently employed for the purpose.
"Mantissa's radars provide a solution to many of the drawbacks associated with security devices currently on the market, most of which are based on cameras," said Mantissa founder Ehud Fishler. "Camera usage involves costly personnel watching multiple screens. They have to work around the clock and are hard pressed to capture images at a great distance, track multiple objects and work in bad weather or poor visibility conditions.
"Our radars solve all these problems and outperform traditional VMD systems."