County orders video downlink system

March 16, 2011 at 11:01 AM
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LOS ANGELES, March 16 (UPI) -- The Aviation Support Unit of the Orange County, Calif., Sheriff's Department is getting an integrated video downlink system from Helinet Technologies.

The California company said its system will a comprehensive, tactical downlink capability that includes continuous, real-time transmission of high-definition images to ground-based portable receivers and mobile command centers.

Under the award, Helinet will lead procurement, installation and commissioning of the solution as well as play an ongoing role in providing training and 24/7 support.

"With its strong background developing and maintaining aerial downlink solutions for regional and national law enforcement and government agencies, Helinet Technologies provides us with a level of technical knowledge and operations expertise that is virtually unmatched in the surveillance arena," said Sheriff's Department Sgt. Han O. "We have an extremely broad area of operations in Orange County and it is crucial for us to be able to transmit real-time images on a consistent basis."

Specific department mission requirements the system will meet include the ability for uninterrupted transmission of HD images across Orange County's nearly 800-square-mile area and a multi-sensor payload to deliver high quality, actionable images in daylight, lowlight and nighttime environments.

Other system features include a geo-referencing software package and integrated laser range finder that allows an operator to "mark" targets on the ground for automatic tracking and matched fields-of-view between the infrared, color and low-light sensors to provide rapid toggling between sensors without needing to adjust zoom or focus.

The value of the contract wasn't disclosed.

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