Aviation Soars with Security

Aviation Soars With Security

Automated perimeter detection system

Each year in Oshkosh, Wis., there is a spectacle like none other. It isn’t the Northern Lights but a phenomenon by its own rights and well known in the close-knit aviation community. That’s when the “World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration,” sponsored by the Experimental Aircraft Association, brings the history and the future of the industry together at Wittman Regional Airfield in Oshkosh.

This year’s EAA AirVenture 2011 in July drew close to 550,000 visitors during the seven-day event—members, fans and spectators who came to see daily aviation shows, aerobatics and pyrotechnics, as well as the opening day Fly-In Theater. The event also features forums, workshops and demonstrations, and also attracts top government officials, corporate leaders and international aviation enthusiasts. EAA is an organization of more than 160,000 members focusing on the spirit of flight.

In addition to spectator traffic, there were more than 10,000 aircraft flying into Wittman, landing at what became the busiest airport in the world. Celebrating the Centennial of Naval Aviation, the show brought together the largest collection of naval aircraft in any single event—including a replica of the Navy’s original N-1 Curtiss Pusher and today’s Boeing F/A-18. “FIFI” the Boeing B-29 was the biggest warbird at AirVenture 2011; the big bomber was flown in by the Commemorative Air Force (CAF).

With such high-level property and a bevy of attendees, the site needed stealth perimeter detection, and the specifier of the solution, Mitchell Christian, owner of Cyber Consulting & Security, also in Oshkosh, opted to go with FutureSentry’s First Responder, an automated perimeter detection system that mimics the actions of a security guard to prevent crime before loss or damage occurs.

Tracking and Deterring

Leveraging leading technology, the solution uses advanced motion detection to automatically identify potentially dangerous targets within 1,000 feet and track objects to deter criminal behavior. Once it detects motion in a user-defined area, the system illuminates activity with a high-intensity LED light and continues to guard the area until no activity is present.

Christian deployed First Responder on a trailer to cover the main viewing area at the show—the ConocoPhillips Plaza, where the Boeing 787 Dreamliner prototype was stationed for a time, as well as other aircraft.

“The planes are, of course, the main attraction,” Christian said. “It was the first time the new Boeing 787 was in the United States, and the B-29 bomber FIFI is the only remaining flying aircraft of its kind.”

Some of the concerns of the show owners were protecting the aircraft from any accidental mishaps or threats of vandalism or damage. Christian used the First Responder’s available alarm output circuitry to wire two analog PTZ surveillance cameras, which were configured to trigger on alarm or alert for CCTV viewing or record for evidence at 30 frames per second.

“It’s totally portable,” said Christian, adding that First Responder lends itself to a variety of applications. “It can run up to three weeks on battery power. I spent about one week doing initial testing, but the specification worked perfectly and the final installation was accomplished in minutes.

“We had no incidents and we had a much easier time with security with the FutureSentry deployed,” he said. “What attracted me to the solution were the lights used on it; they’re a great deterrent, and if you can deter criminals or activity, that’s going to stop a lot of incidents.”

He called the deployment a “major success.” “I’ll be looking at doing more with the system on my trailer in the future,” he said.

This article originally appeared in the December 2011 issue of Security Today.

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