The system being employed by the Hawthorne Police Department is from Helinet Technologies, which provides aviation technology to military and government entities.
The Helinet-developed downlink uses the transmission technology on the HPD helicopter and the receive capability at three receiver sites – including a hand-held devices for deployed officers.
Helinet said it is training the police department to use the system, with funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's State Homeland Security Program, to help local law enforcement and first responders protect against, and respond to, terrorist incidents and other catastrophic events.
"Helinet's substantial experience developing and supporting aerial surveillance solutions for law enforcement clients, along with its responsive hands-on service philosophy, were key factors in our selection process," said Hawthorne Police Capt. Keith Kauffman. "The company is one of the only providers certified to maintain and work on the FLIR 9HD camera system we utilize and has developed a completely turnkey solution that provides cutting edge capability within a highly useable framework.
"The addition of this specialized asset enhances our ability to provide policing and public safety services to the citizens of Hawthorne, the South Bay and Los Angeles County."
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